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Sparky 2021.06

Sparky 2021.06, the semi-rolling release which is based on Debian testing “Bullseye” is out.
Debian Bullseye is hard frozen now, and is going to Full Freeze soon, so it is perfect time to give Sparky 6 a try before become stable.

Changelog:
– all packages updated from Debian and Sparky testing repos as of June 22
– Linux kernel 5.10.40 LTS (5.12.13 & 5.13-rc7 in Sparky unstable repos)
– added RiseupVPN to all iso images, which helps you protect your privacy using all networking applications
– fonts set to size 11
– a new application Sparky Welcome which replaced Sparky First Run
– small improvements
– MinimalGUI: changed Thunar to a two panels DoubleCMD-Gtk

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

 

Sparky 5.15

There is a next point release of Sparky 5.15 “Nibiru” of the stable line ready to go. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.14 and 5.15:
* system upgraded from Debian & Sparky stable repos as of May 2, 2021
* Linux kernel 4.19.181 (PC)
* Linux kernel 5.10.17-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.10.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.10.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* small improvements
* fonts Sans set to size 11

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed, make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky 2021.03 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2021.03 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
The release is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 12, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.10.19 (5.11.6 & 5.12-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
– Calamares 3.2.37 + kpmcore 20.12.3
– Sparky APTus AppCenter 20210312
– added extra keyboard shortcuts to Xfce and Openbox
– removed packages: bleachbit

Multimedia:
– Added: Thunderbird email client
– Changed: the default Debian Linux kernel to Debian RealTime Linux kernel

Rescue:
– Added: sparky-xdf, sparky-system
– Changed: Thunar replaced by PCManFM

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:
sparky-upgrade

or:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New iso images of the special editions can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

MultiOS-USB

There is a new application available for Sparkers: MultiOS-USB

What is MultiOS-USB?

Create a bootable USB flash drive, external HDD or SSD and boot operating systems directly from ISO files (open source). USB disk with multiple ISO files. Easy to use: install, copy ISO files and boot from USB. Display a list of currently supported operating systems.

Features:
– BIOS and UEFI support
– 64-bit (x86_64) UEFI (+ Secure Boot from Fedora) support
– Load UEFI drivers
– Launch .efi executable files and other bootloaders
– Boot from .iso files
– Boot Windows 10 installer and Windows PE more info
– Boot Linux installer from network (experimental)
– Automatic update configuration files
– Without background services
– exFAT filesystem support

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install multios-usb

It is a console based tool, so launch it from a terminal:
sudo multios-usb /dev/sdX
* change sdX to your device.

MultiOS-USB

Author: Mexit
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/Mexit/MultiOS-USB

 

Sparky 2021.03

Sparky 2021.03 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is the first snapshot in 2021 of Sparky which is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– packages upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 5, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.10.13 (5.11.3 & 5.12-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
– Firefox 86.0
– Thunderbird 78.8.0
– LibreOffice 7.0.4.2
– LXQt 0.16.0
– MATE 1.24.1
– Xfce 4.16
– Openbox 3.6.1
– New edition with KDE Plasma 5.20.5
– VLC 3.0.12
– Exaile 4.1.0
– Calamares 3.2.37 + kpmcore 20.12.3
– Sparky APTus AppCenter 20210302
– added extra keyboard shortcuts to Xfce, LXQt and Openbox: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/custom_shortcuts
– removed packages: sparky-xdf, bleachbit

LXQt:
– audio player: Exaile replaced by Clementine
– IM: Pidgin replaced by Kopete; HexChat replaced by Konversation
– Web: Cheese replaced by Webcamoid

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Known issues:
– can not open terminal emulator via right click in Thunar in all non Xfce desktops and window managers; it requires xfce4-settings to be installed

 

Sparky APTus 0.4.36

Sparky APTus has been upgraded up to 0.4.36 (Sparky 5) & 0.4.38 (Sparky 6).

There are small, but notable changes of APTus, which provide:
– added Debian RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5 & 6)
– added Debian Backports Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– Added Debian Backports RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– separated Linux kernel amd64 & i686 installation of Debian and Liquorix kernels (Sparky 5 & 6); it means, the kernel installer shows amd64 kernels only on the list of amd64 machines and shows i686 & i686-pae kernels only on machines i686.

* No need to manually configure the Debian backports repos on Sparky stable 5 – the tool will do that for you.
* If you already configured Debian backports repos – simply disable or remove it.

The new small features will be moved to APTus AppCenter too.

APTus kernel installation

 

Sparky 5.14

A next point release of Sparky 5.14 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.13 and 5.14:
* system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of February 2, 2020
* Linux kernel 4.19.171 (PC) (5.9.15-1~bpo10+1 in Debian backports repo, if you need a newer one)
* Linux kernel 5.4.83-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.7.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.7.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* xterm replaced by spterm, which is used by Sparky tools now

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed, make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Pogo

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Pogo

What is Pogo?

Pogo – A fast and minimalist audio player for Linux. It groups tracks by album, which uses less space and simplifies rearranging your playlist. Pogo does not organize your tracks in a music library and does not stream or download tracks. Therefore, it is best suited for people who store their tracks by album and want a simple way of playing them. Pogo allows you to quickly search for music on local drives and in the playlist. It also features an equalizer and displays covers and desktop notifications.
Pogo is a fork of Decibel Audio Player and supports most common audio formats. It is written in Python and uses GTK+ and GStreamer.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install pogo

or via APTus-> Audio Players-> Pogo icon.

Pogo

Copyright (C) 2007-2010 Ingelrest Francois
Copyright (C) 2010-2017 Jendrik Seipp
License: GNU GPL v.2
Web: github.com/jendrikseipp/pogo

 

Sparky 2020.12

The December snapshot of Sparky 2020.12 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of December 3, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.9.11 (5.9.12 & 5.10-rc6 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.34 + kpmcore 4.2.0
• APTus replaced by APTus AppCenter 20201203-RC1; it is still under development but it is enough stable to let you test and work on it https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-aptus-appcenter/
• added ‘sparky-www’ – it is a small package, which provides a custom Sparky’s start page, powered by DuckDuckGo, to your favorite web browser; the start page is located at /opt/sparky/index.html and has to be loaded manually to a web browser, after installing the package https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/sparky_www
• Firefox 83.0
• Thunderbird 78.5.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.3
• VLC 3.0.11
• Exaile 4.1.0 beta1
• libpython3.9 is installed, but Python 3.8 is still the default one
• python2.x & libpython2.x removed
• GCC 10.2.0 as the default compiler
• added RSS feed clients: QuiteRSS to LXQt and Liferea to MATE and Xfce iso images

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or via APT:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

 

Simplest Studio

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Simplest Studio

What is Simplest Studio?

Simplest Studio is an application that allows you optimize and convert audio files. The following encoding modes are implemented: FLAC, WAV, DFF**, MP3.
** for use this format need to installed utility ‘sacd-extract’.

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install simplest-studio

or via APTus-> Audio Editors-> Simplest Studio icon.

Simplest Studio

Copyright (C) 2020 Oleg Kozhukharenko
License: GNU GPL v.3
Web: github.com/SimplestStudio

 

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