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Sparky 2020.09

The September snapshot of Sparky 2020.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

This release provides package updates and fixed an issue of the Sparky Advanced Installer, which generated broken fstab. There is no problem if you have installed Sparky 2020.08 using Calamares (called Sparky Installer).

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 31, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.17 (5.8.5 & 5.9-rc3 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 80
• LibreOffice 7.0.1-rc1
• fixed the Advanced Installer issue; thanks to lami07

System re-installation is not required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

The Special Edition iso images have been already updated too.

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

 

Sparky 2020.08 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2020.08 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 24, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.10 (5.8.3 & 5.9-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
• added Memory Test and Hardware Detection to the live config
• installed qt5ct + added qt5ct config to Openbox & Xfce desktops
• GCC 9 removed; the default compiler is GCC 10 now
• Xfce 4.14
• Firefox 79.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.1~rc1
• VLC 3.0.11
• Calamares 3.2.24
• removed packages from GameOver iso: balder2d, crrcsim, flare, frozen-bubble
• added new packages to GameOver iso: gamemode
• small improvements

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

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Gis Weather

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gis Weather

What is Gis Weather?

Gis Weather is an open-source desktop weather widget and indicator applet with highly customizable user interface. Gis Weather is written in Python 3 with GTK+ 3.

Features:
– View weather for several days
– Detailed weather forecast for today and tomorrow
– Fast switching between cities
– Select the background and theme weather icons
– “Compass” with the wind direction, with adjustable angle of rotation
– Highlighting the high wind
– Support weather services: Gismeteo.com, OpenWeatherMap.org, Yr.no
– Support SVG and widget scale
– Indicator to panel
– Presets

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gis-weather

Gis Weather

Author: Alexander Koltsov
License: ? (open-source)
GitHub: github.com/RingOV/gis-weather

 

Sparky 2020.08

The August snapshot of Sparky 2020.08 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 14, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.10 (5.8.1 & 5.9-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
• added Memory Test and Hardware Detection to the live config
• installed qt5ct + added qt5ct config to non Qt based desktops: Openbox, MATE & Xfce
• GCC 9 removed; the default compiler is GCC 10 now
• LXQt 0.14.1
• MATE 1.24.1
• Xfce 4.14
• Firefox 79.0
• Thunderbird 68.11.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.0-rc2 (7.0.1~rc1 in Debian testing repos now)
• VLC 3.0.11
• Calamares 3.2.24
• small improvements

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

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

 

Shutter Encoder

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Shutter Encoder

What is Shutter Encoder?

Shutter Encoder is a free encoding software for converting images, videos, and audio files, allowing you to choose from a large number of functions.
Encode your files, replace audio, burn to DVD, analyze audio Loudness, download web videos, make your own timelapse etc…

Functions:
– Without conversion : Cut without re-encoding, Replace audio, Rewrap, Conform, Merge, Subtitling, Video inserts
– Sound conversions : WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, AC3, OPUS, OGG
– Editing codecs : DNxHD, DNxHR, Apple ProRes, QT Animation, Uncompressed YUV
– Output codecs : H.264, DV PAL, XDCAM HD422, AVC-Intra 100, XAVC, HAP, H.265, VP9, AV1, OGV, MJPEG, Xvid, WMV, MPEG
– Archiving codec : FFV1
– Images creation : JPEG, Image
– Burn & Rip : DVD, Blu-ray, DVD RIP
– Analysis : Loudness & True Peak, Audio normalization, Cut detection, Black detection, Media offline detection

Installation (amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install shutter-encoder

or via APTus-> VideoTools-> Shutter Encoder icon.

Shutter Encoder

Copyright: Paul Pacifico
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/paulpacifico/shutter-encoder

 

Sparky 5.12

A quarterly update point release of Sparky 5.12 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.11 and 5.12:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of July 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.118
• Firefox 68.10.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.9.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus)
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active Internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation

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 iso/img images of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky 2020.06

The June snapshot of Sparky 2020.06 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.6.14 (5.7.0 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 77.0
• Thunderbird 68.8.1
• LibreOffice 6.4.4.2
• debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• added ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) to be used by Sparky tools
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added RadioStation – a fork of RadioTray-Lite (and Radiotray)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus too)
• added disk autopartitioning, encrypting and lvm support to the Advanced Installer DEV (still experimental)
• Calamares updated up to 3.2.24; changed password strength to a minimum number of digits as possible in Calamares, as requested a few times by our users (can be used 1 digit, but I recommend to use strong password); thanks to lami07
• added lxappearance to MinimalGUI iso (Openbox)

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

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

 

Beaker Browser

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Beaker Browser

What is Beaker Browser?

Beaker is an experimental peer-to-peer Web browser. It adds new APIs for building hostless applications while remaining compatible with the rest of the Web. It is an open-source application in development by Blue Link Labs.

From Wikipedia:

Beaker Browser peer-to-peer technology allows users to self-publish websites and web apps directly from the browser, without the need to set up and administrate a separate web server or host their content on a third-party server. All files and websites are transferred using Dat, a hypermedia peer-to-peer protocol which allows files to be shared and hosted by several users. The browser also supports the HTTP protocol to connect to traditional servers.
Beaker is built using the Electron framework and therefore uses the Chromium browser as a renderer for webpages.

Installation (Debian/Sparky testing 64bit only):
It is a prerelease2 version so can be installed from Sparky unstable repository.

It requires nodejs (>= 12.0) which will be installed/upgraded from Sparky unstable repos too. That version removes (but provides too) ‘libnode64’ and ‘npm’ packages.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install beaker-browser

Beaker Browser

License: MIT
GitHub repo: github.com/beakerbrowser/beaker

 

RadioStation

There is a new application available for Sparkers: RadioStation

What is RadioStation?

RadioStation is a fork off RadioTray-Lite, a lightweight clone of the original RadioTray online radio streaming player rewritten in C++.

Online radio streaming player:
– Runs on a Linux system tray.
– Has minimum interface possible.
– Plays most media formats (it uses gstreamer).
– Supports PLS, M3U, ASX, RAM, XSPF playlists.

Installation (Debian/Sparky stable & testing):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install radiostation

or via APTus-> AudioPlayers-> RadioStation.

Changes between the latest RadioTray-Lite 0.2.18 and RadioStation 0.2.19:
– updated up to present libs versions
– added new genres and stations
– renamed to the new one

RadioStation

Please test the new application and report your suggestions, issues, and anything else at our forums, please.

If you would like to add your favorite radio station, simply send it to the GitHub repos.

License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub repo: github.com/sparkylinux/radiostation

 

Sparky 2020.05

The May snapshot of Sparky 2020.05 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• upgrade from Debian testing repos as of May 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.6.7 (5.6.10 & 5.7-rc4 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.23
• added additional support of Sparky installation on UEFI machines with Secure Boot: the live system should be launched with Secure Boot off as before; but after installation the Secure Boot can be turned on; both installers: Calamares and Sparky’s Advanced provides support of such installation
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation
• Openbox: replaced ‘obmenu’ by ‘jgmenu’: https://sparkylinux.org/jgmenu/
• added new packages to all iso images: ‘pulseaudio-module-bluetooth’ and ‘fuse3’ insead of ‘fuse’; thanks to Richard
• Xfce: fixed an issue of not displaying a wallpaper on the desktop, and not visible Sparky wallpapers at Desktop Settings; thanks to lami07
• replaced ‘ktsuss’ by ‘sparky-su’ which is used by ‘sparky-aptus-upgrade-checker’: https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-su-0-1-11/
• Xfce: enabled fonts anti-aliasing with slight hinting
• LibreOffice 6.4.1.2
• Firefox 75.0
• Thunderbird 68.7.0
• Python 3.8

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

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Thanks go to:
• Richard and MoroS for testing Sparky dev iso images on real machines with Secure Boot
• lami07 for helping with the wallpaper issue in Xfce

 

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