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Welcome in 2017

Welcome everybody in new 2017 year!

I am still online, and I hope you are ready for Sparky this year too.

I was sick a few last days, means no drinking, no dancing, just hot tea with lemon and honey and vitamins. But nothing happens without reasons, for sure.

I made some small changes and improvements, mostly around APTus and its Desktop module:
– the Pantheon desktop is back, thank’s to gandalfn and his repository
– due to added Sparky stable repository, the APTus can not install some desktops on Debian stable “Jessie”, such as: bspwm, Budgie, Deepin, Enlightenment, Pantheon. APTus pops up an info about that, if you try to install the desktops on Jessie.
– Trinity developers provide separate repository of TDE for Debian stable and testing, so APTus uses the right one now, depends of your Debian/Sparky version
– Lumina desktop package was built on Debian testing, but it works fine on Jessie too; it uses ‘lxpolkit’ now, instead of ‘policykit-1-gnome’.

Make sure your system is up-to-date to get the latest changes.

Let me know if any problem with installing any supported desktop, please.

Sparky news 08/2016

 

A few lines should let you know what is going on inside Sparky.

If everything goes fine, new live/install iso images of Sparky 4.4 should be ready on the end of the next week.

The ‘Calameres’ installer is available in our repository, but is not configured to install the system on UEFI machines yet.

An issue in the ‘live-installer’ has been fixed so it is still our default installer, as well as the Advanced Installer is provided as a backup to the main one.

The ‘Advanced Installer’ used on Sparky MinimalGUI or MinimalCLI iso image lets you install one of the 22 desktop environments/window managers now (awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME Flashback, GNOME Shell, i3, IceWM, JWM, KDE Plasma 5, Lumina, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Pantheon, PekWM, Trinity, Window Maker, Xfce) and one of a web browser (Chromium, Dillo, Epiphany, Firefox, Konqueror, Midori, NetSurf, QupZilla, SeaMonkey, TOR Browser, Vivaldi).

Vivaldi web browser has been added to Sparky repos (can be installed via APT, Synaptic or Sparky APTus Extra).
A lightweight NetSurf web browser has been moved from Debian Sid repos to ours.
BlueGriffon – a WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web has been upgraded up to the latest version 2.2.1.
The latest stable version of Firefox landed in Sparky repos.

The ‘sparky-backup-core’ package has been split into two packages: ‘sparky-backup-core’ and ‘sparky-backup-desktop’. It lets the Advanced Installer upgrade desktops number and settings (itself) to be installed via the Minimal iso image.

Sparky Office tool lets you install an Office suite and a PDF (and other documents) viewer now.

Sparky Wiki has been improved, adding new pages.

Feel free to ask a question or leave your feedback on our forums, or just send out donation to keep Sparky alive.

 

PekWM

 

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.

APTus

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

 

APTus 0.3.0

 

There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.3.0 available in our repository now.

The new version provides:

1. A new tab called “Desktop” which lets you install 18 desktops with as small number of additional tools as possible, and with Sparky “look & feel”. It is the same list of desktops as provided by Sparky Advanced Installer shipped on MinimalISO images. All the desktops are installing with pre-configured settings, users privileges, wallpaper, icon set, etc.

Make sure that:
– it will remove existing desktop settings and replace them with the Sparky’s ones, if installing a desktop you already have installed before.
– it will remove some small settings your installed different desktops than you will install via the APTus, such as: wallpaper, icon set, theme, file manager bookmarks, etc.
– Enlightenment installation removes Network Manager and replaces it with EConnMan.

2. Small changes and fixes found in older version.

Upgrade/installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus

Remember to update the package list before installing any desktop or application.

APTus

There is a screenshot page of all the desktop available to install via Sparky Advanced Installer and/or APTus: 4-3-minimaliso-screenshots

If you find any problem or have suggestions, simply post them at our forums, please.

Sparky translators – please translate new tool, the English file is on our Wiki as normal.

 

Updates 2015-06-12

 

There are a few updates available in our repository:
– EPSXE 1.9.25 – enhanced PSX emulator of PlayStation video game console, it’s targeted to 32 bit systems only
– Sparky About 0.1.3 – displays a few more informations now
– Sparky Office 0.1.0 – new package extracted form Sparky APTus; updated Kingsoft WPS Office installer up to the latest version 9.1.0.4961~a18p1 (released 11-06-2015)
– Sparky APtus 0.2.12 & Sparky APTus Extra 0.1.15 – some changes about new Sparky Office “deb” package.

Sparky Office installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-office

Or simply make full system upgrade if you have Sparky APTus installed already:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you find any problem, simply post it at our forums.

 

Sparky APTus Extra 0.1.14

 

Sparky APTus Extra – our tool which lets you quick install many extra applications, has been upgraded up to version 0.1.14.

Changelog:
– added script which can install Google-Earth application version 6 for older machines and version 7 for modern machines. The script can download the package from 3th party servers and install it on your machine
– added option to install your favorite office suite, using one of the Sparky APTus (v0.2.11 or above) scripts

If you find anything abnormal, report it at our forums, please.

 

Sparky APTus 0.2.10-1

 

There is a new version of Sparky APTus 0.2.10-1 available in our repos.

Changelog:
– added ‘Remove VirtualBox Guest Utils’ option – Sparky 4.0 will be shipped with VBox Guest Utils package preinstaled, so this new script lets you quick uninstall the VBox Guest Utils package. Do not uninstall it if Sparky will be installed inside the VirtualBox
– added ‘Install Liquorix Kernel’ – lets you install the latest Linux Kernel from the Liquorix repository
– added ‘Install Office Suite’ – lets you quick install one of the office packages:
* AbiWord & Gnumeric
* Calligra
* LibreOffice
* OpenOffice
* Kingsoft WPS Office + WPS fonts

Report on our forums any abnormal work of the new scripts.

 

Sparky-APTus-Upgrade 0.1.7

 

After a few tests and improvements I have made, Sparky-APTus-Upgrade works as I wish to.
The package has been upgraded up to version 0.1.7 and provides the recommended tool for upgrading Sparky installation. The tool will be pre-installed in the December’s iso images.

0.1.7 changelog:
– added re-refreshing package list after finishing/breaking the upgrading process
– if the process will be broken due to lost connection or the connection hasn’t been done – you will be posted about that
– the main upgrading process is showed in a terminal emulator window, instead of a GUI window. Some of the updates/new packages need to be accepted by you
– Terminator has to be installed as a dependency, but it doesn’t make any change with your Terminator’s config file (if you have it). The package ‘sparky-terminator-config’ features its own config file which is located in a separated directory. Sparky’s Terminator configuration removes the window borders, close buttons and hide from taskbar – it protects against shooting down the window during the upgrading process

If you’d like to install it, rut the commands as root:
apt-get update
apt-get install sparky-aptus-upgrade

The app will be available in the Menu-> System-> System Upgrade

Sparky APTus Upgrade

After installing Terminator, the default terminal emulator has been changed for Terminator.
To get back previous terminal settings, run as root:
update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator
and choose you favorite terminal emulator.

 

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

 

Updates:
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 0.2.5.10

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)

Battery

 

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