Some changes come to Sparky, so it’s time to let you know about them.

As some of you probably know, after a few discuss at our forums and a community portal, a new edition of Sparky is coming. It will be based on Debian stable – upcoming Debian stable Stretch.
There will be one “home/full” edition and the Minimal as well to be created. They do not make any changes in the main line of Sparky based on Debian testing branch. The new one is targeted to all the users who prefer a stable environment instead of testing/unstable.

All existing Sparky tools should be working in the same way on stable base and testing too.

Some changes I already did to test them, to make sure everything will be working fine when Stretch become stable, and Sparky 4.6 (stable line) will be ready to go.

The most important change is about the package list and preferences.
No more ‘sparky.list’ in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory.
The ‘sparky.list’ has been split to ‘sparky-testing.list’ and ‘sparky-unstable.list so don’t be surprised if you can’t find it. ‘sparky-apt 4-20161229’ makes the change via the update channel.

The 3rd list – ‘sparky-stable.list’ is available via ‘sparky-apt 3-20161229’ package and is targeted to Debian stable “Jessie” only.

To make it clear:
– Sparky based on Debian testing uses ‘sparky-testing.list’ and (optional) ‘sparky-unstable.list
– Debian stable “Jessie” can use ‘sparky-stable.list’ and ‘sparky-testing.list’ together!

‘sparky-apt’ 3 for stable branch and version 4 for testing provides pinning for all packages.

Make sure that APTus can not install all available desktops on the top of stable environment (on Jessie).

How to add Sparky repos to Debian stable “Jessie”?
1. Create ‘sparky-stable.list’:
su
nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky-stable.list

2. Paste into the file:
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo stable main
3. Get Sparky public key:
wget -O - http://sparkylinux.org/repo/sparkylinux.gpg.key | apt-key add -
4. Refresh package list:
apt-get update
5. Install ‘sparky-apt’ ver. 3:
apt-get install sparky-apt

That’s all. You can also install ‘sparky-core’ ver. 3 package.

Thank all of you for the 2016 year very much and I wish you happy new 2017 year!