Updates 2014/11/03


We have two new apps in our repo:

1. As Jessie mentioned at the Weekly Distrowatch Issue 581, you can’t manage the system services using the standard ‘systemd-ui’ tool.
sparky-systemd-ui lets you manage systemd units as root.
It provides the Menu entry to do so.

2. ‘System Upgrade’ is the second new app which lets you fully upgrade the system.
Simply install ‘sparky-aptus-upgrade’ package from our repository.

Sparky APTus Upgrade


1. As GenyC suggested on our forums, I added application status to the ‘sparky-aptus-extra’ tool. Now you can see has an application been installed or not.
Updated up to version 0.1.7

Sparky APTus Extra

2. Tor Browser has been upgraded up to version 4.0.1 which includes Tor

3. VMware Player On-Line Installer has been updated to the 6.0.4-1 version.

4. Sparky Conky manager upgraded up to version 0.1.7-1. (thank’s to way12go)
It includes a new applet with a battery status (not enabled)



Updates 2014/10/21


Updates in Sparky repository as of 2014/10/21:
– sparky-center-lxde-0.2.2 – two packages have been removed from Debian testing repo, so they broken sparky-center-lxde-0.2.1;
– sparky-aptus-extra-0.1.6 – added new app ‘veracrypt’ to the list;
– radiance-e19-sparky-0.1.2 – the default e19 Sparky theme with the right wallpaper ‘8mmb’;
– e19- – version 0.19.1 of Enlightenment 19 is compiled and tested so you can upgrade it now;
– veracrypt-1.0e added to repository – a free disk encryption software based on TrueCrypt; can be installed via Synaptic, APTus-Extra or APT.



Sparky APTus on Debian and Ubuntu


If you’d like to install Sparky APTus on Debian, Ubuntu or their spins, simply do:
1. Open a text console and add Sparky repository (as root):
nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky.list
2. Add the text to the file:
deb testing main
3. Get Sparky public key:
wget -O - | apt-key add -
4. Refresh package list:
apt-get update
5. Install it:
apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-remsu
6. Check is everything ok:
apt-get install -f
That’s all, close the text console and run Sparky APTus from Menu-> System.

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New apps & updates


Sparky-APTus-Extra has been updated up to version 0.1.4.
– fixed a problem with installing Skype
– added new apps to the list: LightDM Manager and MEGAsync

Ceni updated up to version 2014.09.07.

New aplications added to our repository:
– LightDM Manager – a tool to manage LightDM
– MEGAsync – Easy automated syncing between your computers and your MEGA cloud drive. It’s an alternative tool for Dropbox and Spideroak.

08/09/2014 update:
SeaMonkey updated up to version 2.29


Sparky APTus 0.1.8


There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.1.8 available at our repository.


1. Xterm terminal emulator, which used to do all operations, has been dropped.
From now, APTus uses the default x-terminal emulator of your desktop, for example:
– LXDE – lxterminal
– MATE – mate-terminal
– Xfce – xfce4-terminal, etc.

They properly display different letters than English.

2. Updating of the package list has been removed from the options: “Upgrade” and “Dist_Upgrade”.
To upgrade the system, run “Update” option as the first, then “Upgrade” or “Dist_Upgrade” (recommended: Dist_Upgrade).

3. The last change is a new option “NonFree”, which lets you to quick and painless remove Non-Free and Restricted packages from your system.


I understand that not everyone would like or can use packages like that. The “NonFree” option will remove all of them without a problem.

Just launch the “NonFree” option to display all Non-Free and Restricted packages installed in your system. Next, you can remove them (OK) or stop this operation (Exit).

APTus NonFree

Sparky APTus can be installed from our repository.


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Sparky Backup System 0.1.6


The default Sparky backup tool ‘sparky-backup-sys’ has been upgraded up to version 0.1.6.
It provides fixed backup script and the ‘old’ installer.
It can be used on Sparky installation based on the latest iso image of Sparky 3.3 and the older ones as well.

Sparky Backup System features the ‘old’ installer (based on remastersys installer) as default, which lets you install Sparky Backup iso on different partition, disk or machine.
If you prefer to use the new installer you have to install package ‘live-installer’ as well.


Sparky Eraser & TrueCrypt


We have two new packages in the repository, both of them for security fans:

1. TrueCrypt – I don’t have to introduce it – it’s a source-available freeware application used for on-the-fly disks and partitions encryption.

Use Synaptic, Sparky APTus or the command line to install it:
apt-get update
apt-get install truecrypt

2. Sparky Eraser is the second applications.

What is Sparky Eraser and what does it do?
Sparky Eraser is a simply graphical interface for ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ tools.
Shred can permanently erases files, Wipe erases folders and its directory tree.
Deleted files and folders by Sparky Eraser can’t be recovered easily.
How does the Eraser work?
Eraser GUI has two options to choose:
– File – erases a file
– Directory – erases a folder with everything stored inside.


Confirm erasing after choosing a file or a directory.


All the work will be done by the script.

Eraser can be installed from Sparky repository:
apt-get update
apt-get install sparky-eraser

More information about ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ can be found on the man pages:
man wipe
man shred


Restricted packages


As you know, it’s not really possible to have support for many devices without non-free drivers.
Sparky similar like a couple other Linux distributions features contrib and non-free packages and drivers. In my way, it helps managing the system easily, specially by new Linux users.

Some people don’t want or don’t like restricted packages in their systems.

There is an easy way to find out what non-free and contrib packages you have installed already.

To do so, install package called ‘vrms’ (Virtual Richard M. Stallman):
apt-get update
apt-get install vrms

Run it with the command (as a regular user):

If you’d like to save the results, run:
vrms > list.txt
The list will be saved in your home directory.

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