Sparky Backup Sys 20180327

Call for translating & testing: Sparky Backup Sys 20180327.

Sparky Backup Sys is a Yad based GUI to Sparky Backup Core tool.
The Sparky Backup Core provides scripts to make a bootable iso image of your Sparky installation and the Advanced Installer as well.

All Sparky Backup related tools have been localized (English and Polish available now) so translate the tools to your language, please.

There are 3 backup packages, but 4 locale files to be translated:
– sparky-advanced-installer
– sparky-backup-core
– sparky-backup-desktop
– sparky-backup-sys
The English locales can be downloaded from Sparky’s Wiki page:

The latest versions of the packages are placed in Sparky ‘unstable’ repos, so if you would like to test them, do:
Change pinning:
sudo nano /etc/apt/preferences.d/sparky
changing sparky unstable pin from 500 to 1001:
Package: *
Pin: release o=SparkyLinux,a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 500

Enable Sparky ‘unstable’ repository, located in:
Then refresh package list
sudo apt-get update

To test Sparky Backup Sys on your Sparky installation, install 3 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop sparky-backup-sys

Backup Sys

To test Sparky Advanced Installer on Sparky Live system, install 2 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop

Advanced Installer


SparkyLinux 4.5.1 MinimalGUI

There is an update of Sparky 4.5.1 MinimalGUI available to download.

The Sparky Advanced Installer doesn’t work as it should in the MinimaGUI edition, if you are trying to install an additional desktop. The installer calls a ‘desktop-installer’, but it does not coming back to the main installer with right privileges after. It used to do before, but not any more.

You do not re-install your already installed Sparky.
You can also use existing Sparky 4.5 MinimalGUI iso images, but if you’d like to install a different desktop, run the Advanced Installer from the command line:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
sudo sparkylinux-installer

The updated MinimalGUI 4.5.1 iso images provide a fix of the small issue.

Live is crazy, anyway…



PekWM is a window manager that once upon a time was based on the aewm++ window manager, but it has evolved enough that it no longer resembles aewm++ at all. It has a much expanded feature-set, including window grouping (similar to ion, pwm, or fluxbox), autoproperties, xinerama, keygrabber that supports keychains, and much more.

PekWM is pre-configured (with Sparky touch) and available to install in two ways:

1. An existing Sparky installation, via the APTus -> Desktop tab.
Make sure your package list is up to date:
sudo apt-get update
and you have installed the lates versions of 3 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop sparky-desktop-data
or just make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then run APTus -> Desktop -> and choose PekWM to be installed.


2. Fresh system installation.

Run Sparky 4.3 or 4.4-dev MinimalGUI or MinimalCLI iso image and upgrade 3 packages in the live system:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop sparky-desktop-data

Then run Sparky (Advanced) Installer from the system’s menu and install PekWM from the desktops list.

Sparky + PekWM