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Sparky 2020.05~dev

Call for testers.

It is a development release of Sparky which is based on Debian testing “Bullseye”.

The Sparky Advanced Installer received (experimental) improvements by darekem73, such as:
• autopartitioning
• partition encrypting
• logical volume support
The Yad based GUI is disabled, so text mode only.

Other changes:
• sparky tools uses ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) now
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’ back
• ‘otter-browser’ replaced by ‘epiphany-browser’ (thanks to lami07)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list

The standard Advanced Installer can be launched from menu-> System-> Sparky (Advanced) Installer or via the command:

sudo sparky-installer

The experimental version of Advanced Installer is reachable (text mode only) from menu-> System-> Sparky (Advanced) Installer DEV, or via the command:

sudo sparky-installer-dev

Please test the new, experimental features installing Sparky on encrypted and/or logical partitions and try the autopartitioning as well. If you find any issue or have suggestions – post them at our forums, please.

New, development iso images can be downloaded from download/development page.

Advanced Installer DEV

Sparky 2020.04~dev0

Call for testers!

It is a development release of Sparky which is based on Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• added support of installation Sparky on UEFI machines with Secure Boot; the live system should be booted with Secure Boot off; after installation the Secure Boot can be turned on
• both installers: Calamares and Sparky’s Advanced provides support of such installation
• Calamares updated up to version 3.2.22
• disabled updating package list by Calamares; if you install Sparky with active Internet connection, Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off or they are not reachable, it breaks/stops the installation, but not any more now

Important!
I do not have a machine with UEFI motherboard and Secure Boot. All tests I performed on a virtual machine using QEMU/KVM so please test it and report whatever you get.

The development iso images of Sparky MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI x86_64 can be downloaded from download/development page

 

Sparky 5.7~dev20190203

There are development live/install media of Sparky 5.7 20190203 of the rolling line available for testing.

The new iso images features improved Advanced Installed which provides a bug fixing around wrong detecting partitions.

If a number of partitions you have is bigger than 9, and if you choose the first partition as the first choice (swap partition on Bios machines; UEFI partition on machines with UEFI motherboard), sda1 for expample, the installer cut out from a next window all of existing partition with the number starting you already choosen (sda1 – sda10, sda11, sda12, etc.).

So they are not visible in Installer window and can not be used for installing Sparky.

‘sparky-backup-core’ 20190203 features a fix for that issue so your existing iso image can be used anyway, if you update the package in the live system.

The second change is about the Linux kernel – the present iso images are shipped with Debian Linux kernel back as default.

Please test the new images and report whatever you find.

The issue has been found by guy under ‘The Operating System World’ nick name – thank’s a lot!

New development iso images can be found at download/development page.

Sparky 5.5 dev20180726

There are new testing iso images of SparkyLinux 5.5-dev20180726 available to download.
Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

ISO images of Sparky 5.5-dev20180726 provide new features to be tested which will be available in the next Sparky release.

Changes:
– system update from Debian testing repos as of July 26, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.17.8 (4.17.10-sparky is available in Sparky “unstable” repo)
– older Linux kernel 4.16.12 is available from live media as well, which can be used in a case of any problem with the newest one
– added support of btrfs & xfs file systems in Advanced Installer – installation on btrfs installs the system in subvolumes: @ and @home; choosing a separate partition for home makes the @home subvolume as well; it lets you make a snapshot of your system partitions via the btrfs utility or via TimeShift appliacation and lets you recovery them later
– added new tool: TimeShift
– added new, own tool: DEBiTool, which replaced GDebi and can be used for installing deb packages from a local drive
– improved configuration of removing live packages in Advanced Installer; sudo package is not removed now if you install Sparky using minimalcli iso image

The live system uses Linux kernel 4.17.x as default.
If you would like to boot the live system using an older kernel of the 4.16.x line, edit the live boot list and change:
'vmlinuz' to 'vmlinuz416'
and
'initrd.img' to 'initrd416.img'

New development iso images can be downloaded from download/devlopment page.
The iso images are a little bigger than before – every one features 2 Linux kernels.

Please test it and report whatever you find.

 

Sparky 5-dev20171120

There is a development iso image of Sparky 5-dev20171120 MinimalGUI ready for testing.

The Sparky 5 live system is based on Debian testing “Buster”.
All packages have been updated as of November 20, 2017.

The most important change is about disk encryption.
The Calamares installer has full disk encryption option enabled to be used during installation process.
Please test it and report on our forums whatever you find.

The development iso images can be downloaded from the download/development page.

Encryption option during installation    Sparky running on encrypted disk

 

Sparky 4.6-RC STB

There is a development release of Sparky 4.6 RC STB ready for testing.

It’s a final test before releasing the stable version of 4.6 STB.

Sparky 4.6-RC STB is based on Debian (still) testing “Stretch” and pre-configured to use upcoming Debian stable Stretch base.

Highlights:
• upcoming Debian stable Stretch ready
• Calamares installer with LUKS disabled; instead of the previous Live Installer (Advanced installer is still available)
• updated all packages from Debian Stretch and Sparky repositories
• many small improvements and bugs fixing
• deep cleaning to reduce iso images size

The “STB” means ‘stable’ line of Sparky and Debian; iso images features the ‘stb’ in their names to avoid misunderstanding.

The RC iso images of Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimaCLI (text based) STB editions can be downloaded from the download/development page.

 

Sparky 4.6-dev20170307

 

New development iso images of Sparky 4.6-dev20170307 MinimalGUI are ready for testing.

Changelog:
– all packages updated from Debian (frozen, but still testing) Stretch repositories as of March 07, 2017;
– Calamares 3.1;
– fixed installation on UEFI machines issue; it installs the efi-grub debs offline (no internet connection needed), in the same way as the Advanced and the present Live Installers do;
– fixed small lightdm related issue, which did not list a target user in the login window;
– cleanup, removed some unnecessary packages, so the iso images are a little smaller then before.

Note: installation on an ecrypted device/partition is not configured properly yet.

The development iso images can be downloaded from the download/development page.

Test it and report on ours forums whatever you find, please.

 

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