Upgrade Checker 0.1.10

There is an update of Sparky APTus Upgrade Checker 0.1.10 available in our repos.

The Upgrade Checker checks package lists and displays an information about new updates, in a small graphical window.

The latest version provides such changes:

1. Clicking on the “Yes” button to run Sparky Upgrade tool needs root password to be entered now. So it is more secure than before, and no one can make such changes on your machine now.

2. Added System Upgrade Scheduler which is available from menu-> System.
It lets you add a cron job of the system upgrade and remove it as well.

The tool can configure checking update time every 1, 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus-upgrade-checker

Additional packages to be useful with the cron tool:
– tksuss (on GTK based desktops) or
– menu + kde-runtime (on KDE/LXQt desktops).

System Upgrade Scheduler


Sparky Desktop 20180815.1

There is a new version of Sparky Desktop 20180815.1 package in our repository.

The ‘sparky-desktop’ is a module of APTus which lets you install, reinstall or remove a desktop.

Due to problems with uninstalling all desktops, new configuration has been implemented to make sure that a chosen desktop is properly removed from your system.

The latest package of ‘sparky-desktop’ has been uploaded to the Sparky “testing” repo, so the “stable” repo still offers an older version.

Users of Sparky 5 can upgrade the package and test the tool, and then report if any problem can be found, please.

APTus 0.4.1

There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.4.1 available in Sparky repository.

– integration of sparky-aptus-extra, sparky-skype-installer, teamspeak-installer into APTus
– added new modules & apps of the following categories: Audio, Video, Graphics, IM, Email, RSS, Filetransfer, Security
– added a few more apps to System module
– moved tabs to the left panel

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus

or just:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

This update is available for Sparky 5/Debian Buster and Sparky 4/Debian Stretch as well.

I don’t think this version will be keep enlarging, I rather want to move it to a new app such as AppCenter, but it is in my mind only so far.

Please test it and report whatever you find or send your suggestions out.

Sparky APTus


APTus 0.4.0

There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.4.0 available in the testing repository.

This update provides integration of a few Sparky tools, such as: sparky-aptus-gamer, sparky-codecs, sparky-desktop, sparky-office, sparky-webbrowser-installer and vmplayer-installer into one tool of APTus 0.4.0.

Other changes:
– aptus scripts divided into two modules (tabs) now: Accesories and System
– added buttons of Reinstall and Remove applications, alongside of existing Install button
– added VirtualBox and AQEMU quick install, alongside to existing VMware (System module)
– due to dependency problems on Debian testing (sometimes), sparky-codecs tool has been divided into separated packages to be installed of your choice
– sparky-desktop reinstall option can reinstalls a sparky desktop meta package and reinstalls a desktop settings to the sparky default
– all integrated applications lost their menu entry, they are available via APTus only now
– due to higher requirements of VMware 14 than before, added an option to vmplayer-installer which lets you install version 12, which works fine on older 64 bit machines
– every icon in APTus provides comment (desription) of a tool to make sure what is it for (useful for beginners)

Still to do:
– add new 2 tabs to aptus: Music & Video to provide easy installation of some popular music and video players
– enlarge Web option of some popular email, bittorrent, IM, download managers clients and rss readers
– integrate some sparky-aptus-extra tools into aptus as well

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus

Make sure the update is available for Sparky 5/Debian Buster, not for Sparky 4/Debian Stretch (not yet).

Please test it and report whatever you find or send your suggestions out.

Sparky APTus


Language packages installer

The Sparky APTus features a tool which installs missing language packages.
It can be used any time you’d like and is offered at the first system’s startup via Sparky First Run app as well.

Changes at the language script:
– added myspell and aspell dictionaries to be installed as default
– added KDE and GNOME task to be installed if one of the desktops is installed
– fixed thunderbird language package installation
– added 2 new languages to be installed: Irish and Nepal

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus

APTus language installer


Debian kernel installer

There is new, small tool available for Sparkers: Debian’s Linux kernel installer.

A few guys of our community members asked about that, so couldn’t not adding that.

What for?
As Sparky is shipped with Debian kernel as default, I couldn’t find a reason to do that, but…
Someones of you install and test other kernels, such as Liquorix or Sparky, and then uninstall the Debian’s one. After finding problems with some specific devices or so, want to easy install the Debian’s one back.
End of story…

The old 686-pae Debian kernel installer has been removed as well (it is inside the new tool).

The tool is available via ‘sparky-aptus’ >= 0.3.21 package.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus



Sparky Desktop 20171214

There is an update of Sparky Desktop 20171214 available in our repository.
Sparky Desktop can be used via Sparky APTus-> Install tab-> Desktop

– Removed “–yes” option of apt command when installing packages – it shows all packages to be downloaded, the amount of all of them, and needs your confirmation
– Added separate window for arm arch – it displays desktops which can be installed on RaspberryPi only to avoid misunderstanding
– Got separated all desktops to 3 different sub-windows depends of repository source: Debian, Sparky and Others

All desktops available via the tool are installed using sparky’s desktop meta packages.
Desktop packages from the “Debian” tab are installed from Debian repository.
Desktop packages from the “Sparky” tab are installed from Sparky repos and they are built by me (pavroo).
Desktop packages from “Others” tab are installed using sparky meta package, but the installation script configures 3rd party repository, installs its public key and installs packages from the 3rd party repos, which are maintained and built by the project’s developers.

Hope it’s clear now, but if you have any question, place it at our forums.

Desktop Installer


APTus 0.3.14

There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.3.14 available in our repository.

1. removed “–yes” option of the apt command from installation of Debian, Liquorix amd Sparky kernels:
– it displays amount of all packages to be downloaded and needs your confirmation now
2. re-written ‘old-kernel-remover’ script (honestly written a brand new):
– uses Yad now instead of Zenity
– shows all jobs in a terminal emulator window
– lets you autoremove after
– removes an old initrd.img of a just removed kernel
– displays info window when finshed

Heavy tested already, but let me know if you find something wrong, please.



Update checker & notifier

There is a new, small tool available for Sparkers: Update Checker & Notifier

The tool checks (in shadow) packages to be upgraded and displays notification on desktop.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus-upgrade-checker

Then reboot to let it start working.

It doesn’t run if:
• running live system
• no active internet connection
• ‘sparky-firstrun’ is installed

It runs ones per system boot, with 30 second of delay.
If runs and finds packages to be upgraded, it lets you start the default Sparky’s upgrade tool (sparky-aptus-upgrade).

It uses Yad, so it’s desktop independent.

Update checker & notifier


APTus 0.3.11

I received a few messages from our community members (the last one from Daniel Campos Ramos) about APTus, specially about an option of desktops removing.

The point is, if APTus offers an option which lets you easy install most popular desktops, why doesn’t it let easy removing them?

It’s good question, and the possibility has been added to APTus now.

Upgrade your system or just two packages to the latest versions:
– sparky-aptus 0.3.11
– sparky-desktop 20170430
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop

The Desktop tab has been removed, and the Desktop Installer moved to the Install tab.

Desktop Installer

The new Desktop Remover icon is placed inside the Remove tab.
It can uninstall Sparky’s desktop meta packages and all its dependencies, installed by APT, Synaptic or APTus before.

Important! Make sure you are not running a desktop you would like to remove.

Desktop Remover

Let me know if you find any problem with the new feature, please.