Sparky 5.8 RC2 ARMHF

New images of Sparky 5.8 RC2 for RaspberryPi are ready to go. Sparky 5.8 RC is a release candidate and is based on upcoming Debian stable Buster.

The ARMHF images are available in two flavours:
• CLI – a text based OS only, so you can configure the system in your way
• Openbox – graphical version with the Openbox window manager and a few pre-installed applications

Known issues:
– Openbox edition: the Openbox starts, but other tools (panel, wallpaper, network manager, audio applet, etc.) could not start at first time; if so, wait 2 minutes about to let one of my scripts works and simply reboot (an active network connection required!)

Please test the new images and report whatever you find.
The 5.8 release candidate iso/img images can be downloaded from the download/development page.

Edit 2019/07/01:
Image 5.8 RC3 fixed the above problem, but the first Openbox loading can be a little longer than normal.

Sparky 4.8

New live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.8 “Tyche” are out.
Sparky 4 is based on Debian stable line “Stretch” and built around the Openbox window manager.

Sparky 4.8 offers a fully featured operating system with a lightweight LXDE desktop environment; and minimal images of MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) which lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice with a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer.

Sparky 4.8 armhf offers a fully featured operating system for single board mini computers RaspberryPi; with the Openbox window manager as default; and a minimal, text mode CLI image to customize it as you like.

All existing other desktops are fully supported, and can be installed via the Minimal iso images or after installing Sparky on a hard drive, via APTus-> Desktop tool.

– full system upgrade from Debian stable repos as of May 11, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.9.88 (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.14.34 (ARM)
– Calamares 3.1.12 with possibility of installing the live system on an encrypted disk
– added new option of live system booting which lets you choose your localization
– sparky tools which need the root access use pkexec now instead of gksu/gksudo/kdesudo/etc.
– added packages: xinit (provides startx command) and bleachbit (for cleaning the system)
– sparky advanced installer features 6 localizations now: Brazilian, English, German Italian, Polish and Portuguese
– APTus 0.4.x has been enlarged of new, additional applications and tools to be easy installed
– removed packages: gksu, gdebi, reportbug, sparky-fontset

There is no need to reinstall existing Sparky installations of 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8 RC, simply make full system upgrade.

Sparky PC:
user: live
password: live
root password is empty

Sparky ARM:
user: pi
password: sparky
root password: toor

New iso images of the stable edition can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Known issues:
– installing Openbox via MinimalCLI image makes problem with the ‘obmenu-generator’ package installation. To solve that, after running Sparky from hard drive, reinstall the package:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install --reinstall obmenu-generator

and install ‘sparky-desktop-openbox’ meta package as well.


Sparky 4.7 armhf

Sparky 4.7 armhf for RaspberryPi is out now.
Sparky of the 4.x line is based on the stable branch of Debian 9 “Stretch”.

This release is available in two versions:
• Openbox – with a small set of applications
• CLI – text based

• fixed all known issues
• changed ‘volumeicon’ to ‘pnmixer’ for better compatibility with the default audio server; it lets you scroll down and up the volume level via the panel icon
• changed ‘pcmanfm’ file manager to ‘thunar’
• changed ‘uget’ download manager to text based ‘aria2’
• inserted external volumes are automatically mounted now
• web browser changed to ‘netsurf’; it’s very, very lightweight browser which did not freeze down during my heavy tests; install your favorite web browsers via the package manager or Sparky’s web browser installer tool, if you wish
• the default music player is ‘alsaplayer’ now, which lets you listen to the music from hard, usb and cd drives
• no changes with the movie player – ‘gnome-mplayer’ as a gui of ‘mplayer’ with ‘mencoder’ pre-installed lets you open most popular audio and video files

The user name is: pi ; password: sparky
root password is: toor

Some helpful tips are placed on our Wiki pages.

Get the latest Sparky images from the download/stable page.


Sparky 4-dev20171127 ARMHF

The second development image of Sparky 4-dev20171127 armhf for RaspberryPi is available for testing.

Changes between the present and the first development versions:
• fixed detected and reported issues; including connection configuration of ethernet and wifi via network-manager applet;
• replaced some applications to lighter ones, having in mind that the device has 1 GB of RAM memory only
• added raspi-config menu entry to easy access to
• small improvements

Updated wiki pages as well

Username/password: pi/sparky
root password: toor

Get the testing images from the download/development page.


Sparky 4-dev20171023 ARMHF

There is the first image of Sparky 4-dev20171023 ARMHF available for testing.

The new image is created for a single board mini computer RaspberryPi.

From Wikipedia:

The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. The original model became far more popular than anticipated, selling outside of its target market for uses such as robotics…

It uses the RaspberryPi scripts and packages, and is based on Debian stable branch.
Sparky ARMHF is available as an “img” image in two flavors :
– “Lite” – a text based OS only, so you can configure the system in your way
– graphical version with Openbox window manager and a few pre-installed applications

Both have pre-configured Sparky’s repositories, so you can install some Sparky tools.

Basic configuration:
– user: ‘pi’, password: ‘sparky’
– root password: ‘toor’
– sudo is enabled as default
– lightdm manager is configured to let you automatically log in
– en_US locale and keyboard as default

Zipped images of Sparky ARMHF can be downloaded from the development page.

More info on the Wiki page:

Suggestions and issues can be reported on our forums, please.

Sparky ARMHF with Openbox and UXterm      Sparky ARMHF text mode