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Riot

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Riot

What is Riot?

Riot (formerly known as Vector) is a Matrix web client built using the Matrix React SDK. Riot is officially supported on the web in modern versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Other browsers may work, however official support is not provided.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install riot-web

or via Sparky APTus-> IM tab.

Alongside to Riot, two more the Matrix network client have been added to the APTus IM module as well: Quaternion and nheko.

Riot-Web

The Riot project page: about.riot.im
It is a free and open source application, released under the Apache License 2.0.

 

Strawberry

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Strawberry

What is Strawberry?

Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors, audio enthusiasts and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It’s based on a heavily modified version of Clementine created in 2012-2013. It’s written in C++ and Qt 5.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install strawberry

or via the Sparky APTus (with Sparky APTus Extra >= 0.2.16).
The tool is available for Sparky 4/Debian Stretch and Sparky 5/Debian Buster.

Strawberry

The Stawberry GitHub page: github.com/jonaski/strawberry
The project developer is Jonas Kvinge; it is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0

 

qt-fsarchiver

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: qt-fsarchiver

What is qt-fsarchiver?

Back up and restore partitions for Debian,Ubuntu, Linux-Mint, Suse and Fedora. qt-fsarchiver a program with a Qt based graphical interface for easy operation the archiving program fsarchiver. qt-fsarchiver has been split into a program with a graphical user interface and a terminal program.

Installation:
If you have a deb package of qt-fsarchive downloaded from the project page and installed – uninstall it before installing a new one from Sparky repos:
sudo apt purge qt-fsarchiver qt4-fsarchiver qt5-fsarchiver
sudo apt update
sudo apt install qt-fsarchiver

or via the latest version of Sparky APTus 0.4.18.
The tool is available for Sparky 4/Debian Stretch and Sparky 5/Debian Buster 32 and 64 bit.
Let me know if you find any problem with installation or using the new tool, please.

qt-fsarchiver

The qt-fsarchiver project page: github.com/DieterBaum/qt-fsarchiver
Copyright (C) 2008-2018 Francois Dupoux and Dieter Baum; it is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0

 

mkusb

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: mkusb

What is mkusb?

The mkusb tool was developed to make it simpler and safer to create boot drives with the method to flash or clone an iso image or a compressed image file. It is using dd under the hood.The target is a mass storage device, often but not always a USB drive, sometimes an internal drive or an eSATA drive.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mkusb

or via APTus (+ sparky-aptus-extra 0.2.15).

mkusb

The mkusb Launchpad repo: launchpad.net/~mkusb/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

 

Sparky Play & Sparky Player

There are two new, small tools available for Sparkers: Sparky Play MP3 and Sparky Player.

What is Sparky Play MP3?
It is a simply, small, Yad based tool which lets you search directories and play mp3 audio files.

The tool lets you:
– choose a directory to be searched using a keyword (singer, song name, etc, whatever is used in a name of a mp3 file) or
– use * to find all mp3 files in a chosen directory
– display all mp3 files been found in a drop down menu
– play your mp3 files

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-play

Search window
Player window

The Sparky Play MP3 project page: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-play
The tool is created by Elton, partly based on a work of Raimundo Portela, with my small improvements.

 

The second tool is Sparky Player.
What is Sparky Player?
It is a simply and very small tool which lets play any audio or video file, which…
– it is available from a context menu only
– it doesn’t provide a standard’s desktop menu entry
– it doesn’t provide any button and other graphical features
– it calls and uses ‘ffplay’ to play all audio and video files
– it supports all audio and video files which are supported by ‘ffplay’ via ‘libavcodecs’

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-player

Context menu
Player window

Just mark your audio or video file and choose ‘Sparky Player’ to let it play, or set ‘Sparky Player’ as a default player for a chosen multimedia file.

Anyway, it lets you manage a playing audio or video file in a player window via your keyboard, for example:
– pause = space bar
– quit = q or Esc
– full screen = f
– right arrow = forward
– left arrow = back

The Sparky Player project page: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-player

Please test both tools and report whatever you find.

Sparky Tube

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Sparky Tube

What is Sparky Tube?

Sparky Tube downloads a video file from a web site and converts it to an audio or video output file.

Features:
– download a video from a web sites
– convert it to an audio format: acc, flac, mp3, m4a, opus, ogg vorbis, wav; or
– convert it to a video format: avi, mkv, mp4
– store the converted audio or video file on your local disk
– lets you play the converted file using your default audio or video player
– small and lightweight – uses Yad as its GUI

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-tube

Sparky Tube

The Sparky Tube git repo: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-tube
The application is created by our community member Elton Fabricio Ferreira.

 

GitKraken

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: GitKraken

What is GitKraken?

GitKraken is a tool designed to manage GitHub repositories via a GUI interface. You can open, clone and create completely new repositories. To start working, you have to log in to GitHub or Bitbucket. However, you can avoid entering login details thanks to your SSH key.

The free version redistributed via Sparky repos is available for open source, early-stage startups and non-commercial use.

Installation (64bit only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gitkraken

or via the latest version of Sparky APTus.

GitKraken

The GitKraken project page: gitkraken.com
The application is added thank’s to Daniel request.

There is a small addition to APTus Office module as well, provided by Elton, called MS Font Installer, which installs the Microsoft fonts for you.

 

Rambox

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Rambox Community Edition

What is Rambox?

Free and Open Source messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install rambox

or via Sparky APTus + Sparky APTus Extra >= 0.2.11

Rambox

The Rambox GitHub project page: github.com/ramboxapp/community-edition

 

Franz

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Franz.

What is Franz?

Franz is your messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and many more. You can download Franz for free for Mac & Windows.

Installation (64bit only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install franz

or via Sparky APTus (+ Sparky APTus Extra >= 0.2.9)

Franz

The Franz GitHub project page: github.com/meetfranz/franz
The project developer is Stefan Malzner.

 

Sparky SU 0.1.0

There is a new, small tool available for Sparkers: Sparky SU.

This tool provides Yad based front-end for su (spsu) allowing users to give a password and run graphical commands as root without needing to invoke su in a terminal emulator.

It can be used as a Gksu replacement to run any application as root.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-su

Usage:
spsu command
To run a terminal based application using spsu, run:
spsu "x-terminal-emulator -e command"

Sparky SU

 

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