SparkyLinux 4.3-dev1 MinimalISO


There is a development version of SparkyLinux 4.3-dev1 MinimalISO available for testing.

New iso images provide the live system and Sparky Advanced Installer, which lets you install the base system and a desktop of your choice, and a very small set of applications.

Sparky MinimalISO is available in two editions:
– MinimalGUI
– MinimalCLI

Sparky MinimalGUI is based on the Openbox edition with a few applications for system configuring and the Iceweasel web browser preinstalled only.

Sparky MinimalCLI is based on the CLI edition, which works in text mode, means no X Server.
It’s targeted to more advanced users and owners of old machines without a DVD drive (CD drive required).
Applications preinstalled on the MinimalCLI iso image:
– Midnight Commander
– Ceni network manager
– eLinks web browser

The live user name is: live
The live user password is: live
The system root (admin) user password is empty.

To run the text based installer (called: Sparky (Advanced) Installer now) in the CLI edition, do:
1. Log in to the live user.
2. Re-log in to the root account:
sudo su

or run the installer as a super user:
sudo sparkylinux-installer

If you are connected to the network via a wireless (wifi) device only, run the Ceni to configure the connection before running the installer:
sudo ceni
Some of wifi devices need an exact kernel module to be loaded before running the Ceni.

Both editions feature text (Dialog based) installer, and the MinimalGUI iso features GUI (Yad based) installer as well. Both lets you install the live system only (as before) or the live system and a desktop of your choice.

There are a few desktops available to install (in on-line mode) of the 4.3-dev1 edition:
– Budgie
– Enlightenment
– LXQt
– Openbox

More desktops will be added to a next release.

Additionally, the MinimalGUI (Openbox) edition features the present, Python based Live Installer (as before), which installs the live system to a hard drive too.

A few reasons made that the Sparky Minimal has been created:
1. I received some emails asking me to make more Sparky editions with other desktops – it is not possible, there are many Sparky spins already exist.
2. Managing so large number of existing spins is hard and takes much time.
3. A suggestion and still open talk on our forums started by The Black Pig about a mini iso made me more clear about that.

Your suggestions and other things post on our forums, please.
The testing iso images can be download from the page: download/development

Desktop Installer CLI    Desktop Installer GUI

Additional info:
– a ‘Sparky-Polkit’ issue massage popped up after the first log in to the Enlightenment desktop can be ignored.


SparkyLinux 4.1

New iso images of SparkyLinux 4.1 are ready to go.
Sparky 4 is based on and fully compatible with Debian testing “Stretch”.

It’s the first update of SparkyLinux 4.x, which provides a few important changes, such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of 27/28 Sep 2015
– Linux kernel 4.1.6
– GCC 5.2.1
– systemd 226
– Plasma Desktop 5
– LibreOffice 5.0.1

Other changes:
– ‘Base’ Edition – ‘lxpolkit’ has been replaced by ‘policykit-1-gnome’
– deprecated Flash Player plugin removed – still can be installed via Sparky-Codecs tool or Synaptic
– added new package: ecryptfs-utils

The iso images are available in a few flavors, such as :
Full Edition – full set of applications for daily usage, wireless drivers, multimedia codecs and plugins:
– LXDE (lxde-common 0.99.0)
– LXQt (lxqt-common 0.9.1)
– KDE (Plasma Desktop 5.4.1)
– MATE 1.10.2
– Xfce 4.12.1

Base Edition – only the base system, lightweight desktop, wireless drivers and a few applications:
– Enlightenment 0.19.11
– JWM 2.1.0
– Openbox 3.6.1

CLI Edition – (Command Line Interface) – core system, wireless drivers and a few, text mode applications.
If you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard drive, make full system upgrade via ‘System Upgrade’ or Synaptic, or manually if you like:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f

Users of KDE edition should install ‘plasma-desktop’ package as well.

If the upgrade made some problems for you, I suggest to backup your personal data and make fresh Sparky installation.

Iso images of Sparky can be downloaded from the download page

Thank’s for voting and your feedback which have been left at the last pull.
Next SparkyLinux 4.2 images are expected on the end of December 2015.

Known issues:
– there is Plasma 5 wallpaper loaded as default in KDE 64 bit edition, instead of Sparky’s wallpaper 🙁
– the live installer’s autologin option doesn’t work in the KDE edition.

If you like Sparky, don’t forget to send small tip to keep Sparky alive.


SparkyLinux 4.0 Base & CLI Editions

SparkyLinux 4.0 Base and CLI Editions are available to download.

Sparky 4 is based on and fully compatible with Debian testing 9 “Stretch”.

Base Edition editions feature the core system, a lightweight desktop, wireless drivers and a few applications only.

The new iso images of Base Edition are available in 3 flavors, such as :
– Enlightenment (0.19.5)
– Openbox

CLI Edition (Command Line Interface) features the core system, wireless drivers and a few, text mode applications.
See HowTo: SparkyLinux CLI Edition

Sparky Base & CLI Editions are free of multimedia codecs and plugins.

Main keys of SparkyLinux 4.0 Base & CLI :
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of 01/07/2015
– Linux kernel 4.0.5
– added support for the system installation on 32 bit machines with UEFI motherboard
– system rebranding, see HowTo:
– new flat theme “Sparky4” and a set of icons “Ultra-Flat-Icons”
– Tint2 panel updated up to version 0.12-rc5 (Openbox edition) from Tint2 git repos

The new default Sparky’s Enlightenment theme “Blu-Sky-Sparky” is based on work of Alberto “Duma” Verdoja and it’s licensed under CC-by. Alberto’s gallery:

32 bit edition of SparkyLinux features Linux kernel i586 NON-PAE.
If you would like to install i686-pae kernel, you can do it via Sparky APTus-> Install-> Install i686-PAE Kernel. Just remember to refresh package list before.

The new iso images can be used to make fresh system installation.
In a case of any problem with the default installer (live-installer), try the older one (Bios machines only) via Menu-> System-> SparkyLinux (Old) Installer or launch it via the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
or (text mode)
sudo sparkylinux-installer

Live system user is: live
Password of the “live” user is: live
Password of ‘root’ (admin) of the Live system is blank (empty).

If you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard drive, make full system upgrade via ‘System Upgrade’, Synaptic or manually:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f

Users of Sparky 3.6 should install ‘sparky-core’ package as well:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-core

Minimum system requirements to install SparkyLinux is:
* CPU i586 / amd64
* RAM memory:
– Enlightenment, Openbox, JWM – 256MB (recommended => 512 MB)
– CLI Edition – 128 MB (recommended => 256 MB)
– 512MB SWAP partition or bigger
* 8GB of hard drive or flash USB stick for installation
* 2GB of hard drive or flash USB stick for installation (CLI edition)
* an optical drive or an USB port

If you need a minimalistic desktop with minimal number of applications preinstalled to re-born an old computer – Sparky Openbox or JWM will be good choice:
– Sparky Opnebox 32 bit consumes ~100 MB RAM memory
– Sparky JWM 32 bit consumes ~80 MB RAM memory

Are you an owner of an old PC which can not boot Sparky from a DVD drive or USB disk?
Use Plop – See HowTo: wiki/doku.php/boot_old

Live/Install iso images of Sparky 32 and 64 bit can be downloaded from our download page.

SparkyLinux Openbox

How To SparkyLinux CLI 3.4 and above

SparkyLinux CLI started from version 3.4 features only:
– core system of Debian testing
– network manager wicd-cli
– file manager, text editor and ftp client Midnight Commander
– web browser eLinks
– the old installer (sparkylinux-installer)
– set of wifi cards drivers
– unzip, unrar, p7zip-full, ntfs-3g, nano, ufw

How to make internet connection?
You can do it in 3 ways:

1. wicd-cli
Find available networks:
wicd-cli -y -l
Make connection:
wicd-cli --wireless -n [network-name] -m [ESSID] -c

Get more info:
wicd-cli --help
man wicd-cli

2. Manual way
Scan available devices:
iwlist scan
Edit ‘interfaces’ file:
nano /etc/natwork/interfaces
Wired device ‘eth0’ and dynamic IP:
auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Wired device ‘eth0’ and dynamic IPv6:
auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet6 dhcp

Wired device ‘eth0’ and static IP (sample):
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

Wired device ‘eth0’ and static IPv6 (sample):
iface eth0 inet6 static
address 2001:db8::c0ca:1eaf
netmask 64
gateway 2001:db8::1ead:ed:beef

Start the network:
ifup eth0

Wireless device ‘wlan0’ and dynamic IP:
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp

Wireless device ‘wlan0’ and static IP:
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp

Start the network:
ifup wlan0

Get more info:
ifdown --help
ifup --help

3. Wicd-curses
Started from Sparky 3.6, there is preinstalled ‘wicd-curses’ – a curses client for Wicd.

SparkyLinux 3.5 MATE, Xfce, Openbox & JWM is out


SparkyLinux 3.5 “Annagerman” MATE, Xfce and Base Openbox & JWM is out.

New Live/Install iso images provide packages update and a few changes.
All packages have been synchronized with Debian “testing” repository as of 22/09/2014.

Base Edition is available in two separated flavours now: Openbox and JWM.
JWM Edition offers traditional desktop look and minimal set of applications as well as Openbox Edition. JWM Edition uses a little less the computer’s power even that Openbox and can be used on old machines. Sparky JWM 32 bit consumes less that 90 MB of RAM memory after installation on a hard drive.

All multimedia packages have been removed from Base Editions so both of them are codecs free now.

The system runs on Linux kernel 3.14.2 (3.14.15-2) and offers:
– MATE 1.8.1
– Xfce 4.10.1
– Openbox 3.2.5-7
– JWM 2.1.0
– ‘Custom ISO Builder’ – lets you rebuild iso images of SparkyLinux
– ‘Sparky-APTus-Extra’ – lets you quick install additional applications from SparkyLinux repository
– ‘Sparky Conky Manager’ has been updated up to version 0.1.6 having new option which lets change the color
– ‘TrueCrypt’ has been removed from the system – the reason is well known for everybody for sure. There is zuluCrypt available in our repo, which offers a CLI and GUI front-end for ‘cryptsetup’.

Added new repository and the public keys:
– virtualbox
– liquorix
– google earth
– google talk plugin
– google music manager

Additional repositories are off.
To activate a new repo go to Synaptic-> Repository or Sparky APTus-> Repository-> Additional Repository Edition

SparkyLinux Base Edition JWM

All the ISO images can be downloaded from download page



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SparkyLinux 3.4 MATE, Xfce & Base is out

SparkyLinux 3.4 “Annagerman” MATE, Xfce and Base (Openbox) is out.

As usually new iso images of SparkyLinux provide a ton of updates, some changes and system improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.14
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/06/23
– MATE 1.8
– Openbox 3.5.2-6
– Xfce 4.10
– support for installation on machines with EFI
– systemd is the default init system now, see how to change sysvinit to systemd:
– menu of Openbox (Base Edition) has gotten a few extra scripts
– added new package: hardinfo
– teamviewer has been updated up to version 9

New applications in SparkyLinux repository:
– sparky-live-usb-creator – a tool for creating bootable live USB disks; it’s a GUI frontend for ‘dd’ command

Sparky Live USB Creator

– mintstick – a tool for formating USB disks and creating bootable live USB disks
– steam & steam-launcher
– skype 4.3
– seamonkey-2.26.1 – internet suite which consists a web browser SeaMonkey Navigator, an e-mail and news client program Mail & Newsgroups, an HTML editor Composer and an IRC client ChatZilla
– nightingale-1.12.1 – audio player and web browser based on the Songbird media player source code


We have made a couple of successful testing installations of Sparky in EFI mode in a virtual environment. We can’t promise that installation on a physical machine is fine. We never tried this, because we don’t have any “normal” machine with EFI.

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page
We have the 3th mirror for SparkyLinux files offered by – thank’s a lot!

New iso images can be used to make new, fresh Sparky installation.
You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have Sparky installed on your machine.
Just make full system upgrade and follow the enclosed upgrading guides.

SparkyLinux Xfce   SparkyLinux MATE   SparkyLinux Base



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SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test3 is out


New testing iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test3 Base Edition is out.

This is the third and probably the last testing iso image before the final version of Sparky 3.4 will be published in June.

As usual, all packages have been upgraded from Debian “testing’ repository (14/May/2014).

New iso image of 3.3.2-test3 includes changes:
– Linux kernel has been upgraded up to version 3.14 from Debian “Sid” repos
– systemd is the default init system for Live system and after a hard drive installation
– the live installer has been upgraded
– Netsurt web browser has been replaced by Iceweasel
– Wicd network manager has been replaced by NetworkManager
– general clean up and minor fixes

We still ask for testing, specially the 64 bit version on machines with UEFI.

The testing iso images are placed in ‘development’ section on our download page.


Sparky 3.3.2-test2


The second testing iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test2 Base Edition is out.

The last week brought some solutions for bugs which have been found in the previous release of 3.3.2-test1.
We have found a solution after a set of tests we made in a virtual environment.

The present version of the installer got bugs fixing, which lets you install and run Sparky after installation on machines with EFI.

Testing installations have been made on Virtualbox with EFI mode enabled only.
Please, test it on your physical machine with EFI motherboard if you have it.

Report your results of installation and any suggestions on our forums.

The testing iso image is placed in ‘development’ section on our download page.


SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base


The first testing iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base Edition is ready to go.

The release features the system installer with EFI support for 64 bit machines.
As I said before, I can’t test it on a physical machine with EFI, because I don’t have any.

I have tested it on VirtualBox with EFI mode enabled, but it doesn’t work for me well.
It’s not a problem with Sparky only, I can’t run properly any Linux distribution on VBox in EFI mode after installation on it.

Please, test Sparky Live and install it on your machines with EFI motherboard.
Report your installation results and suggestions on our forums.

The testing iso image is placed in ‘dev’ section on our download page.