There is a new application available for Sparkers: KDiskMark

What is KDiskMark?

KDiskMark is an HDD and SSD benchmark tool with a very friendly graphical user interface. KDiskMark with its presets and powerful GUI calls Flexible I/O Tester and handles the output to provide an easy to view and interpret comprehensive benchmark result. The application is written in C++ with Qt and doesn’t have any KDE dependencies.

– Configurable block size, queues, and threads count for each test
– Many languages support
– Report generation

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7 amd64):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kdiskmark


License: GNU GPL 3.0

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 USB Formatter


Due to changes in Debian testing repositories, package ‘udisks’ in not longer available, which is a dependency of ‘mintstick’.

There is no reason to fight with that, I just made something different, instead of the MintStick.

1. Sparky Live USB Creator, which is a GUI front-end of the ‘dd’ command, and is available in our repository long time.
2. Sparky USB Formatter is a new tool, which can format a USB stick as you wish. It is available in our repository now, so please install and test it.

USB Formatter installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-usb-formatter

Sparky Live USB Creator and Sparky USB Formatter will replace MintStick in the next Sparky 4.2 release.

The second point of matter is, that Sparky USB Formatter is the first Sparky app, which uses locales files. In this moment, the tool uses English or Polish locales only.

Sparky USB Formatter

If you can help with translating to other languages, just let me know.
I will make another post, when I’ll be ready to let you know how to manage with locale’s files.