LightScribe technology on Sparky host


From Wikipedia: LightScribe is an optical disc recording technology, created by the Hewlett-Packard Company, that uses specially coated recordable CD and DVD media to produce laser-etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs.

What do you need to use the LightScribe technology?
1. CD/DVD burner with support of LightScribe technology
2. Blank CD/DVD disk ready for LightScribe technology
3. Application (drivers) which lets you use LightScribe technology on your machine
4. Additional software which offers more options than the standard application (an option)

Applications to enable LightScribe support is available in LightScribe repository:
– lightscribe – LightScribe System Software Package
– lightscribeApplications – GUI

LightScribe GUI

The GUI application lets you add text, choose fonts and add simply graphics theme.
Unfortunately it’s not enough what I need so an additional software is needed.

LaCie company offers an application which has it’s own GUI for LightScribe technology called ‘LaCie LightScribe Labeler Linux”. Unfortunately, it is available as ‘rpm’ package only.

I don’t recommend to use RPM package manager to install it.
APT can’t control it so it’s not a good choice.

The solution is ‘lightscribe-installer’ package, which can download and install all packages require to enable the LightScribe support and installs the LaCie GUI as well.

You can install the installer from Sparky repository:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lightscribe-installer

Then run it from Menu-> Graphics-> 4L-GUI

LightScribe Installer

Ones installed, run the application again from the Menu.



LightScribe and LaCie packages have been built for 32 bit machines.
The ‘lightscribe-installer’ lets you install them on 32 and 64 bit machines.


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How to run Sparkylinux on “old” computers without a DVD drive


SparkyLinux is available as a DVD iso file, so it can’t be run on very old machines which don’t have:
– optical DVD drive
– BIOS option for booting systems from USB drive

But there is a simple solution, if your computer has:
– optical CD or floppy drive
– USB port

The instruction can be used for most Linux distributions.

1. Copy SparkyLinux iso image using “Unetbootin” or “dd” command on USB flash drive:
– 2GB USB pendrive for “Eris” edition
– 4GB USB pendrive for “GameOver” edition

2a. Download and burn Plop Linux “Standard version” iso image on blank CD.
2b. Download (from the project page) and extract “” archive.
Burn the “plpbt.iso” image which you can find inside the new created folder “plpbt”.
2c. Download and extract “” archive.
On Linux hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using “dd” command:
dd if=plpbt.img of=/dev/fd0

On MS Windows hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using WinImage or RawWriteWin.

3. Reboot your machine, put USB SparkyLinux disk in the USB port, put CD/floppy disk in (with Plop).
Go to BIOS, choose CD/Floppy disk as the first booting option.

4. The Plop will start as first, choose “Plop Boot Manager”.


5. Choose a drive with SparkyLinux (USB).


6. It will start SparkyLinux.

SparkyLinux 2.x boot menu


Now you can test Live system and install SparkyLinux on a hard drive.

See also:
Plop project site

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How to burn SparkyLinux ISO image on MS Windows host?


To do that you can use one of many free burning applications designeg for MS Windows host, such as BurnAware Free (for example).

1. Run the application and find “Burn ISO” option.

BurnAware Free

2. Load SparkyLinux iso image.
3. Change burning speed for as slow as possible.

BurnAware Free

4. Click “Burn” button and wait until it will finsh its work.


Have a nice fun with SparkyLinux !

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