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10 years of SparkyLinux!

Exactly 10 years ago, in October 2011, we started a work with a new Linux distribution, and on November 4, 2011 the first beta of our system released.

A bit of history:

Initially, our project began to live under the name ue17r as Ubuntu Enlightenment17 Remix and was a modification of Xubuntu Linux, from which the standard desktop was removed and replaced by Enlightenment 17.
More details on the website (in Polish only): https://linuxiarze.pl/ue17r-b1/

After community voting, on January 15, 2012 ue17r renamed to SparkyLinux.
Details on the website (in Polish only): https://linuxiarze.pl/konkurs-ue17r-koniec/

That’s how it comes.

Sparky 10 years

SparkyLinux is currently based on Debian and had over 30 major releases, not including the beta and rc releases.
About releases on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux enjoys a lot of interest and is appreciated all around the world, as evidenced by positive comments from satisfied users.

So, if you like and use SparkyLinux – please support the project and our work.

Donate

There are our archived versions of ue17r beta3 and SparkyLinux 1.0 available on ArchiveOS.org so you can check and see how the project looked 10 years ago. Keep in mind that this is a prototype and not everything may work properly.

Thank you for being with us and supporting our open-source projects – we hope it will be continued for many more years!

Aneta & Paweł

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/10-lat-sparkylinux/

Sparky 2021.10

Sparky 2021.10 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian testing “Bookworm”.

This iso update provides:
– all packages upgraded as of October 12, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.14.9
– Calamares 3.2.44.3
– i386 libs removed from amd64 iso images
– small improvements

No reinstallation is required if you installed Sparky 2021.09, simply keep it up to date.

New iso images of Sparky semi-rolling can be downloaded from the download/rolling page

Sparky 2021.09

Sparky 2021.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian testing “Bookworm”.

Changes:
– repositories set to Debian “Bookworm” and Sparky “Orion Belt”
– all packages updated as of September 17, 2021
– new backgrounds: desktop, login manager, plymouth & boot screen, etc.
– Linux kernel 5.10.46 (5.14.6 & 5.15-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
– GCC 10 still as default, but GCC 11 is also installed
– no more Sparky Advanced Installed GUI; the Advanced installer works in text mode only now; the first window lets you choose the standard version of the installer or DEV version with disk encryption and LVM support;
– ‘sparky-upgrade’ text based tool is also preinstalled in CLI iso
– packages removed from iso: mc, gparted
– new package installed: lfm
– Calamares 3.2.43

No system reinstallation is required, if you installed Sparky using 2019.x, 2020.x, 2021.x or 6.0 iso image. If you would like to keep Sparky rolling, change Debian repos to ‘bookworm’ and Sparky repos to ‘orion’: https://sparkylinux.org/new-testing-line-of-sparky-7/
and make full system upgrade:
sparky-upgrade

Sparky 7 Xfce

New iso images of Sparky semi-rolling can be downloaded from the download/rolling page

Many thanks to all community members for supporting and helping Sparky project.

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparky-2021-09/

New testing line of Sparky 7

A new testing/rolling line of Sparky 7 (next stable) is ready to upgrade.

The next Sparky 7 code name is “Orion Belt”

From Wikipedia:

Orion’s Belt or the Belt of Orion, also known as the Three Kings or Three Sisters, is an asterism in the constellation Orion. It consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka…

…The Orion correlation theory (or Giza–Orion correlation theory) is a fringe theory in alternative Egyptology. It posits that there is a correlation between the location of the three largest pyramids of the Giza pyramid complex and Orion’s Belt of the constellation Orion, and that this correlation was intended as such by the original builders of the Giza pyramid complex.

If you would like to keep Sparky rolling, and have Sparky 6 installed, you have to fully upgrade it, then you can switch to the new testing repos now.

1. Change Debian repository from “bullseye” to “bookworm” at the file:
/etc/apt/sources.list

2. Change Sparky repository from “potolo” to “orion” at the file:
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky.list

3. Make upgrade
sparky-upgrade
or:
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

4. If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a

Then reboot to take effects.

Check the Wiki page too: wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/repository_testing

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/nowa-linia-testowa-sparky-7/

Sparky 6.0 “Po Tolo”

Sparky 6.0 “Po Tolo” has been released. It is based on and fully compatible with Debian 11 “Bullseye”.

Highlights:
– based on Debian stable 11 “Bullseye”
– all packages updated from Debian “Bullseye” & Sparky “Po Tolo” repos as of August 16, 2021
– Firefox 78.13.0ESR instead of Firefox (latest)
– Thunderbird 78.13.0
– VLC 3.0.16
– LibreOffice 7.0.4
– Calamares 3.2.41.1
– Linux kernel 5.10.46 LTS as default
– desktop fonts set to 11
– exfatprogs replaced exfat-fuse & exfat-utils to manage exFAT partitions
– installed ipp-usb to allow a USB device to be treated as a network device
– MinimalGUI: PCManFM replaces DoubleCMD-GTK; Firefox-ESR replaces Epiphany browser
– MinimalCLI: removed multilingual from boot settings and cli installer

Sparky APTus is no loger under development and has been replaced by Sparky APTus AppCenter, introduced over a year ago. It lets you:
– install, reinstall & remove over 2300 popular applications, including over 20 pre-configured desktops

APTus AppCenter main window

– use all tools from the old APTus

APTus AppCenter tools

– install and remove Linux kernels:
* Debian default, RealTime, (Backports & Backports RealTime when ready)
* Liquorix
* XanMod
* Sparky

APTus AppCenter kernel section

Having in mind security and anonymity whilst surfing the net, all Sparky 6 iso images have RiseupVPN application preinstalled. It is not loaded as default, but can be started from your application’s Internet menu.

RiseupVPN

Sparky FirstRun app has been removed and replaced by Sparky Welcome.

Sparky Welcome

Package “sparky-artwork-nature” features 12 new, beautiful nature wallpapers created by:
– Pavbaranow: sparky-nature 36-38
– Aneta: sparky-nature 39-43
– Dana: sparky-nature: 44-47

There is no need to reinstall your Sparky installation, if you have Sparky rolling (Po Tolo) installed – simply keep Sparky up to date. Sparky 6 “Po Tolo” has been moved from rolling to stable automatically.

If you want to keep Sparky rolling, based on the testing branch – wait a few days to new repos will be created. It will be posted separately, so stay tuned.

Sparky 6 “Po Tolo” is avialable in the following flavours:
amd64: Xfce & KDE Plasma
amd64 & i686: LXQt, MinimaGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)

Note 1: Sparky 6 still supports old machines x86 (32bit).

Note 2: Sparky 6 amd64 can be installed on BIOS or UEFI machines using Sparky Installer (Calamares) or Sparky Advanced Installer (with Yad GUI or cli) as well. Sparky 6 i686 works on BIOS machines only.

Note 3: Installation of Sparky 6 on UEFI machines can be done with Secure Boot off. After installing, the Secure Boot can be turned on back, all required libs is installed during the system installation process.

Note 4: There are 3 repo mirrors located in Germany and USA, feel free to switch to a one:
wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/mirrors
If you would like to provide a new one – simply send out a message.

Note 5: If you would like to upgrade Sparky 5 to the present stable Sparky 6 – follow the Wiki page: wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/upgrade_5_to_6

Note 6: ARM images are not ready, stay tuned.

Send a small tip if you like SparkyLinux.

Sparky 6 Xfce

New iso images of Sparky 6 “Po Tolo” can be downloaded from the download/stable page

Many thanks to all community members for supporting and helping Sparky project.

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparky-6-0-po-tolo/

Cinelerra

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Cinelerra

What is Cinelerra?

Cinelerra is one of the most advanced, open-source non-linear video editors and compositors for Linux. Turn your Linux box into a complete audio and video production environment.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cin

Cinelerra

License: GNU GPL-2
Web: cinelerra.org

 

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

 

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