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Welcome in 2017

Welcome everybody in new 2017 year!

I am still online, and I hope you are ready for Sparky this year too.

I was sick a few last days, means no drinking, no dancing, just hot tea with lemon and honey and vitamins. But nothing happens without reasons, for sure.

I made some small changes and improvements, mostly around APTus and its Desktop module:
– the Pantheon desktop is back, thank’s to gandalfn and his repository
– due to added Sparky stable repository, the APTus can not install some desktops on Debian stable “Jessie”, such as: bspwm, Budgie, Deepin, Enlightenment, Pantheon. APTus pops up an info about that, if you try to install the desktops on Jessie.
– Trinity developers provide separate repository of TDE for Debian stable and testing, so APTus uses the right one now, depends of your Debian/Sparky version
– Lumina desktop package was built on Debian testing, but it works fine on Jessie too; it uses ‘lxpolkit’ now, instead of ‘policykit-1-gnome’.

Make sure your system is up-to-date to get the latest changes.

Let me know if any problem with installing any supported desktop, please.

Lumina Desktop moved to Sparky repos

Lumina Desktop has been moved to Sparky repos.

The latest version of Lumina Desktop 1.1.0 patch1 is available straight from Sparky repos.
I decided to build it myself and put it to our repos.
The Lumina Desktop is available as a single package, with a full source code as well.

Upgrade should be done via a terminal emulator, due to removing some older Lumina related packages:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lumina-desktop

If any problem, remove all old Lumina related packages, before installing Sparky’s deb packages.

A fresh installation on an existing Sparky/Debian host can be made in any way (APT, Synaptic, APTus, Sparky MinimalGUI/CLI iso image).

‘sparky-backup-desktop’ and ‘sparky-desktop’ packages have been upgraded to provide right installation from Sparky repos instead of a 3rd party repos as it was doing before.

lumina Desktop

 

Deepin Desktop Environment

 

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers now: Deepin Desktop Environment.

DDE (Deepin Desktop Environment) is a lightweight, elegant desktop environment originally created for the Linux Deepin distribution.

Installation
Installation on existing Sparky installation, alongside to other desktops can be performed via APT/Synaptic/APTus.

1. Recommended way via APTus:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop sparky-desktop-data

Then install DDE via APTus from the Menu-> System-> APTus-> Desktop-> Deepin

APTus

2. APT:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-desktop-deepin

3. Fresh system installation via Sparky MinimalGUI/MinimalCLI 4.4 iso image (and Sparky Advanced Installer).

After installing a new desktop, reboot your machine to take effects.

Deepin Desktop on Sparky

Known issues:
– if network connection doesn’t start itself – open Deepin Control Center-> Network, disconnect and re-connect, then save it.
– if the bottom panel doesn’t show all icons, launch any application which force to run the panel’s system tray and will display rest of the missing icons.

 

Budgie Desktop 10.2.8

 

The latest version of Budgie Desktop 10.2.8 just landed in our repository.

If you have an older version already installed, simply perform your system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you would like to make fresh installations, do:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Then reboot/relogin to the new desktop to take affects.

Changes made in the config file:
– downgraded ‘ibus’ from 1.5.13 to 1.5.11 as we have in Debian’s repos.

 

Budgie Desktop 10.2.7

 

The latest version of Budgie Desktop 10.2.7 just landed in our repository.

If you have an older version installed, simply make system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you would like to make fresh installations, do:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Then reboot and login to the new desktop to take affects.

 

CDE – Common Desktop Environment

 

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers now: CDE.

From Wikipedia:

The Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is a desktop environment for Unix and OpenVMS, based on the Motif widget toolkit. It was part of the UNIX98 Workstation Product Standard, and was long the “classic” Unix desktop associated with commercial Unix workstations.

After a long history as proprietary software, CDE was released as free software on 6 August 2012, under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2 or later. Since its release as free software, CDE has been ported to Linux and BSD derivatives.

CDE is offered from the project page as a source package to be downloaded, compiled and installed on your own. The latest version 2.2.4 was released in June 2016.

Binary files of CDE are available in Sparky repository. Source packages (dsc, orig) are not available, due to problems with building.

Installation

1. APT:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cde-desktop

2. APTus:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop

Then install CDE via APTus from the Menu-> System-> APTus-> Desktop-> CDE

3. Fresh system installation via Sparky MinimalGUI/MinimalCLI 4.4 iso image (and Sparky Advanced Installer).

I recommend the Common Desktop Environment for didactic and learning purpose only.
Its archaic design does not resemble today’s desktops, but it’s my private opinion only.

CDE

 

Lumina Desktop

 

The Lumina Desktop Environment is available for Sparkers now.

The Lumina Desktop Environment is a lightweight system interface designed for use on any Unix-like operating system. Lumina is based on using plugins, which allows the entire interface to be arranged by each individual user as desired. A system wide default layout is also included, and is configurable by the system administrator.

The Lumina desktop can be installed via 2 different ways.

1. Sparky APTus

Upgrade 3 packages to the latest versions:
– sparky-aptus 0.3.x
– sparky-desktop 201600811
– sparky-desktop-data 20160811
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop sparky-desktop-data

Then run APTus from the system’s Menu and choose Lumina.

APTus

2. Fresh Sparky installation

Download the latest Sparky MinimalGUI or MinimalCLI 4.3/4.4-dev iso image, run it and upgrade 3 packages to the latest versions:
– sparky-backup-core 20160811
– sparky-backup-desktop 20160811
– sparky-desktop-data 20160811
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop sparky-desktop-data

Then run Sparky Advanced Installer from the system’s Menu or the command line:
sudo sparkylinux-installer

Sparky Advanced Installer

It also lets you install a web browser of your choice.

Web Browser Installer

After the installation process is completed, reboot your system and choose “Lumina” instead of “Default session” or “Fluxbox” (installed as default with Lumina) on the login window.

Lightdm

Lumina Desktop on Sparky

Lumina Desktop on Sparky

Check the Wiki page to find out more about MinimalISO:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/minimal

 

Enlightenment 0.21.1

 

There is an update of Enlightenment 0.21.1 ready in Sparky repository now.

Make upgrade as usually:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you would like to make fresh installations, run:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install enlightenment

The present version of Enlightenment still uses EFL 1.17.x.
Just released EFL 1.18 Alpha provides elementary, emotion_generic_players and evas_generic_loaders merged into the EFL package, so they will be removed from Sparky repos when stable EFL 1.18 will be ready.

 

PekWM

 

PekWM is a window manager that once upon a time was based on the aewm++ window manager, but it has evolved enough that it no longer resembles aewm++ at all. It has a much expanded feature-set, including window grouping (similar to ion, pwm, or fluxbox), autoproperties, xinerama, keygrabber that supports keychains, and much more.

PekWM is pre-configured (with Sparky touch) and available to install in two ways:

1. An existing Sparky installation, via the APTus -> Desktop tab.
Make sure your package list is up to date:
sudo apt-get update
and you have installed the lates versions of 3 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop sparky-desktop-data
or just make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then run APTus -> Desktop -> and choose PekWM to be installed.

APTus

2. Fresh system installation.

Run Sparky 4.3 or 4.4-dev MinimalGUI or MinimalCLI iso image and upgrade 3 packages in the live system:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop sparky-desktop-data

Then run Sparky (Advanced) Installer from the system’s menu and install PekWM from the desktops list.

Sparky + PekWM

 

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