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Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 10, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.10 & 5.4-rc7 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Rescue edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu-rescue
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 2019.11

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 2, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.8 & 5.4-rc5 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Openbox edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu (+obmenu)
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

Sparky 5.9

SparkyLinux 5.9 “Nibiru” is out. This is a quarterly update of live/install media of the stable line, which is based on Debian 10 “Buster”.

The base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of October 4, 2019.
It works on the Linux kernel 4.19.67 LTS.
As usually, new iso/img images provide small bug fixes and improvements as well.

Sparky project page and Sparky forums got new skins; no big changes about the colors but they are much mobile devices friendly now.

Nemomen finished translating Sparky tools to Hungarian (thank’s a lot), but many of them still waiting for adding to packages.

Make sure our forums have been moved to a subdomain: https://forum.sparkylinux.org

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.8 installed make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

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

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

Sparky 2019.09

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.09 “Po Tolo” available to download. This is the 2nd snapshot of the (semi-)rolling line, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of September 1, 2019
• fixed issue in Advanced Installer which did not set home partition on non-root partition with no-formatting option (thank’s lami07)
• Firefox-ESR replaced with Firefox Latest
• GCC 9 is the default compiler now, GCC 8 removed
• Calamares installer 3.2.13
• Linux kernel 5.2.9 (5.2.11 & 5.3-rc6 available in Sparky unstable repos)
• Xfce 4.14
• LXQt 0.14.1
• Openbox 3.6.1-8

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.08 (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Know issues:
– upgrading Xfce desktop to the latest version 4.14 lost some desktop settings (wallpaper) so set it back after rebooting.

 

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue available to download. Sparky ‘Po Tolo’ follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of August 7, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.19.37
– Calamares installer 3.2.11
– new Sparky6 theme
– new Tela icon set
– refreshed desktop look

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions is available as follows:
– GameOver 64bit Xfce
– Multimedia 64bit Xfce
– Rescue 32 & 64bit Openbox

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images of Sparky “Po Tolo” can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 2019.08

There are new live/install media of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” available to download. This is the 1st snapshot of the new (semi-)rolling line, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system updated from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of August 1, 2019
• added gcc 9 (gcc 8 is still the default one)
• new Sparky6 theme
• new Tela icon set
• refreshed desktop look
• sddm instead of lightdm (LXQt edition)
• Linux kernel 4.19.37 (5.1.21 EOL, 5.2.5 & 5.3-rc2 available at Sparky unstable repos)

As I mentioned before, Sparky of the rolling line is available to amd64/x86_64 machines only. Sparky rolling 32 bit is fully supported so if you have it, simply keep it up to date.

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo already
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New 64bit rolling iso images of Sparky Xfce, LXQt, MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Big thanks go to lami07 for his deep testing and reporting bugs.

Sparky Xfce

 

What’s next Sparky?

As before, after releasing a new stable version of Sparky, there are a few changes to do.

So…

Sparky 4 “Tyche” is moved to oldstable line now.
The latest 4.11 release is the last one of the 4 line, but it is still supported, the next 2 years about.

Sparky 5 “Nibiru” just released, moving it from testing to stable line.
The stable live/install media are available for i686, amd64 & armhf archs (the same as the older release).

The present rolling line is based on Debian testing “bullseye” and…
• new iso images will be published for amd64 arch only (rolling only)
• according to Debian’s support of 32 bit packages, Sparky also supports the i386 repo and packs, so if you have Sparky i686 installed, simply keep it updating
• new iso images of Sparky rolling change their version’s number from a static one to a date, such as: YYYY.MM; it makes much more clear which one is stable (static number), and which one is rolling (date); so Sparky 6.0 will be published as a next stable release in about 2 years (after Bullseye become stable)
• next Sparky 6 code name is “Po Tolo” – it follows Sparky’s code names of planets

What does the “Po Tolo” mean?
In the language of the African Dogon tribe, “Po Tolo” means Sirius B.

From Wikibooks (PL):

The Dogon believe that they come from the space and landed to the accompaniment of roars and flames on a side of Lake Debo. They believe that they come from the star of Sirius B – a white dwarf star located near the Sirius A, which is the brightest star in the sky. Dogoni named the Sirius A – Sigi Tolo, and Sirius B – Po Tolo… …it was not known until the nineteenth century that astronomers in Europe assumed the existence of Sirius B, and its discovery took place in 1970.

Sparky 5.8 “Nibiru”

There are new live/install media of SparkyLinux 5.8 “Nibiru” available to download.
This is the 1st release of the new stable line, which is based on the Debian 10 “Buster”.

Changes:
– based on Debian 10 stable “Buster” now, repositories changed from ‘testing’ to ‘stable’
– system upgraded from Debian stable “Buster” repos as of July 14, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.19.37-5 (i686 & amd64)
– Linux kernel 4.19.57-v7+ (ARMHF)
– the Calamares installer updated up to version 3.2.11
– apt-daily.service disabled
– sparky-tube installed as dafault
– removed old 3rd party repositories
– added obconf-qt (LXQt edition)
– nm-tray installed instead of network-manager-gnome (LXQt edition)
– network-manager added to CLI ARMHF image
– small fixes

System reinstallation is not required. If you have Sparky 5.x installed make sure your OS uses Debian’s ‘buster’ or ‘stable’ repos, and make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky5-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky 5.8 is available in the following flavors:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

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

Changing the repositories moves Sparky 5 from ‘rolling’ to ‘stable’ line now.
If you would like to keep Sparky rolling, read the post: https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-5-transition/

Sparky 4.11

New live/install iso/img images of Sparky 4.11 are out.

Sparky 4.11 “Tyche” is the last release of the 4 line which moves the base system from Debian stable “Stretch” to Debian oldstable “Stretch”.

Make sure that Sparky 4 will be supported next 2 years about, so if you keep running your machine with Sparky 4, do regular system upgrade.

Changes:
• all packages upgraded from Debian & Sparky ‘oldstable’ repos as of 2019/July/09
• fixed root password at armhf images (toor)
• added network-manager (nmtui) to armhf-cli image

No need to reinstall your existing Sparky 4 installation.

Make full system upgrade as follow:
Check is your system uses ‘stretch’ repos at the /etc/apt/sources.list , then:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky4-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky 4 iso/img images can be downloaded from the download/oldstable page.

Sparky 5 transition

Sparky 5 based on Debian 10 “Buster” has been moved to the new stable line now.

What you should do now?

1. Check Debian repositories to make sure your OS uses ‘buster’ (or ‘stable’) repos at the /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Sparky 5 automatically changes its own repositories from testing to stable, by upgrading the ‘sparky5-apt’ package:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-apt sparky5-apt

3. Then make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky Upgrade Tool should install the latest ‘sparky5-apt’ package before performing the system upgrade, but if it doesn’t, close the Upgrade Tool and do it manually in a terminal emulator, as above.

If you would like to keep using the rolling edition based on Debian testing:
1. Check Debian repositories to make sure your OS uses ‘testing’ repos at the /etc/apt/sources.list
2. Temporary change Sparky repos from ‘stable’ to ‘testing’ at the /etc/apt/sources.d/sparky-stable.list if your system uses Sparky ‘stable’ repos already, and refresh package list:
sudo apt update
3. Install the latest version of the following packages: ‘sparky-apt’, ‘sparky6-apt’, ‘sparky-core’; the ‘sparky5-apt’ package has to be removed.
sudo apt install sparky-apt sparky6-apt sparky-core
4. Then make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Let me know if you find any problem with upgrading your Sparky installation, please.

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