Sparky 7.3

The 3rd update of Sparky 7 – 7.3 is out.

It is a quarterly updated point release of Sparky 7 “Orion Belt” of the stable line. Sparky 7 is based on and fully compatible with Debian 12 “Bookworm”.

– all packages updated from Debian and Sparky stable repos as of March 13, 2024
– Linux kernel PC: 6.1.67 LTS (6.8.0, 6.6.21-LTS & 5.15.151-LTS in sparky repos)
– Linux kernel ARM: 6.6.20 LTS
– LibreOffice 7.4.7
– KDE Plasma 5.27.5
– LXQt 1.2.0
– MATE 1.26
– Xfce 4.18
– Openbox 3.6.1
– Firefox 115.8.0esr (123.0.1-sparky in sparky repos)
– Thunderbird 115.8.0
– VLC 3.0.20
– Exaile 4.1.3
– added new application (amd64 only): Noi – a chatboot GUI application with support for ChatGPT, Claude, Bard, Poe, Perplexity, Copilot, HuggingChat, Pi, Coze and YOU.

Sparky 7.3 “Orion Belt” is available in the following versions:
– amd64 BIOS/UEFI+Secure Boot: Xfce, LXQt, MATE, KDE Plasma, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– i686 non-pae BIOS/UEFI (Legacy): MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– ARMHF & ARM64 Openbox & CLI

Make sure that the ‘os-prober’ will be not executed to detect other bootable partitions as default, but Sparky provides a GRUB option to detect other OSes anyway.
But, a next updating of GRUB packages override the option.
To fix that manually, add the line:
on the end of the file (as root):
Then update grub:
sudo update-grub

PC live user:password = live:live
ARM user:password = pi:sparky

If you have Sparky 7 installed – simply keep it up to date. No need to reinstall your OS.

New iso images of Sparky 7 “Orion Belt” can be downloaded from the download/stable page

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  1. Moin, on next LPD in May Sparky will be the highlight on several engines in our library in Schwentinental. I love XFCE and a clear debian. Sparky is all we need. Greetinx from a small town close to the eastside of Kiel.


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