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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

 

Discord

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Discord.

What is Discord?

All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life.

Installation (64 bit only):
apt update
apt install sparky-aptus sparky-aptus-extra

It requires:
– sparky aptus >= 0.4.x
– sparky-aptus-extra >= 0.2.4
Then run APTus-> IM-> Discord.

Due the Discord is a proprietary application, it is not stored at Sparky repository.
The APTus-> IM script can download and install the application for you.

There are two more applications have been added to APTus as well: Caprine and Ring.
Make sure that Ring can not be installed on Sparky if EFL from Sparky repos is installed.

Discord

The home page of Discord: discordapp.com

 

Caprine

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Caprine.

What is Caprine?

Elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app.

Caprine is an unofficial and privacy focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.

Installation (64 bit only):
apt update
apt install caprine

Caprine

The application is licensed under the MIT License.
The project’s GitHub repository: github.com/sindresorhus/caprine
The project developer is Sindre Sorhus.

 

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors

There is a new application available for Sparkers: ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors.

What is ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors?

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is a free office suite that combines text, spreadsheet and presentation editors allowing to create, view and edit documents stored on your Windows/Linux PC or Mac without an Internet connection. It is fully compatible with Office Open XML formats: .docx, .xlsx, .pptx.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors include the following editors:
– ONLYOFFICE Document Editor
– ONLYOFFICE Spreadsheet Editor
– ONLYOFFICE Presentation Editor
The editors allow you to create, edit, save and export text, spreadsheet and presentation documents.

Installation (64 bit only):
apt update
apt install onlyoffice-desktopeditors

or via APTus (>= 0.4.x) + sparky-office (>= 0.2.3).

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors

The application is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.0.
The project’s GitHub repository: github.com/ONLYOFFICE/DesktopEditors

 

Etcher

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Etcher.

What is Etcher?

Etcher is a powerful OS image flasher built with web technologies to ensure flashing an SDCard or USB drive is a pleasant and safe experience. It protects you from accidentally writing to your hard-drives, ensures every byte of data was written correctly and much more.

Installation:
apt update
apt install etcher-electron

Etcher

The Etcher developer is Jonas Hermsmeier and it is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.
The project page: github.com/resin-io/etcher

 

Sparky Backup Core 20180719

Sparky Backup Core has been upgraded up to version 20180719.

Sparky Backup Core/Sys tool lets you create a hybrid ISO image from your SparkyLinux installation, and then install it on a new machine or different hard/USB disk or a different partition.

Changelog:
– added Indonesian locale
– added support of btrfs and xfs file systems to the Advanced Installer.

The most notable change is added the btrfs file system to the installer.

From Wikipedia:

Btrfs is a file system based on the copy-on-write (COW) principle, initially designed at Oracle Corporation for use in Linux. The development of Btrfs began in 2007, and since August 2014 the file system’s on-disk format has been marked as stable.

Btrfs is intended to address the lack of pooling, snapshots, checksums, and integral multi-device spanning in Linux file systems. Chris Mason, the principal Btrfs author, has stated that its goal was “to let Linux scale for the storage that will be available. Scaling is not just about addressing the storage but also means being able to administer and to manage it with a clean interface that lets people see what’s being used and makes it more reliable”.

The new feature lets you install Sparky’s root file system (via Advanced Installer) on a subvolume “root”, and if you choose a separtate partition for your home directory, it will set your home dir on a subvolume “home” as well.

It means, your “root” and “home” subvolumes can be backed up straight via the btrfs feature or via the Timeshift application which is available in Sparky repository too.

Advanced Installer

btrfs file system

 

Timeshift

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Timeshift.

What is Timeshift?

System restore tool for Linux. Creates filesystem snapshots using rsync+hardlinks, or BTRFS snapshots. Supports scheduled snapshots, multiple backup levels, and exclude filters. Snapshots can be restored while system is running or from Live CD/USB.

Installation:
apt update
apt install timeshift

Timeshift

Timeshift developer is Tony George.
The project page: github.com/teejee2008/timeshift

 

DEBiTool 0.1.6

DEBiTool – the new Sparky’s tool was under heavy development in the last few days, and has been updated up to version 0.1.6.

What is DEBiTool?
It is a small tool which lets you install a deb package from your local disk, and reinstall or remove it as well. It uses Yad to display all messages.

Changelog:
– added package checking if is not installed yet
– added Brazilian locale, thank’s Daniel and Elton
– added dependency check out which simulate the deps installation and display different infos if dependency is satisfiable or not, to avoid trying installation which could be broken if deps are not accessable
– removed dpkg from the tool dependency; all checks, compares, searches is done by APT now
– many small fixes and impromenments

Installation/Update:
apt update
apt install debi-tool

DEBiTool

The tool is already localized into English, Brazilian and Polish, so translate to any different language, please.

Test it please and if you find any problem or have an idea how to improve it – simply post it at our forums.

 

DEBiTool

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

What is DEBiTool?
It is a small tool which lets you install a deb package from your local disk, and reinstall or remove it as well. It uses Yad to display all messages.

It can be used as an alternative for GDebi-GTK or GDebi-KDE.

The name of DEBiTool is effect of quick work of our small but strong community (FB). We needed 20 minuts about to get a compromise and find a name to the new tool 🙂

Installation:
apt update
apt install debi-tool

Usage:
1. Right click on a deb package -> Open with DEBiTool Package Installer (or set it as a default tool to open deb files); or
2. Menu-> System-> DEBiTool-> choose a deb file from your local drive; or
3. From a command line:
debi-tool your-package.deb

DEBiTool

DEBiTool

It can be installed on Debian and Ubuntu based distros, after adding Sparky repos and the public key.

The tool is already localized into English and Polish, so translate to any different language, please.

Make sure it is the first version so… if you find any problem or have an idea how to improve it – simply post it at our forums, please.

 

Sparky Backup Sys 20180607

Sparky Backup System has been updated up to version 2080607 and has gotten a few changes such as:
• skel option has been separated off the dist (former: ISO) option; so have to run the option first, before ‘dist’ if you would like to make your present desktop settings as default of the new live user
• option ‘clean’ pernamently removes a working dir now, instead of its content
• all options have the same names of gui and cli modes now; all of them are available in both modes now

CLI mode works with the command: sparkybackup OPTION or shorter: spb OPTION; available options are:
• info – displays informations about Sparky Backup System
• efi – displays informations about adding support for UEFI machines
• skel – copies your desktop basic settings to make default in the live system
• dist – makes a distributable hybrid livecd/dvd of your system
• edit – edits the tool configuration file
• installer – edits the sparky advanced installer configuration file
• clean – cleans up files of sparkybackup working directory
• cache – cleans up apt cache (via apt and aptitude if installed)
• log – displays log file of the last ISO building

A question of sync of all the options between GUI and CLI tools has been suggested by our community member armakolas.

Installation/upgrade

CLI tool only:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-backup-core

GUI tool:
sudo apt install sparky-backup-sys

Sparky Backup Core

 

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