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SparkyLinux 2.1 rc Ultra Edition

 

New year and new challenges.
One of them I just realized 🙂
SparkyLinux 2.1 rc “Eris” Ultra Edition has been released.
It’s well known SparkyLinux 2.0 “Eris” but with new, ultra lightweight two desktops: Fluxbox and Openbox.
SparkyLinux e17/LXDE is light for sure, but the “Ultra” Edition is even lighter.

All SparkyLinux releases 2.x code name “Eris” have been built on Debian testing branch “Wheezy” packages. SparkyLinux 2.1 rc “Eris” Ultra has been synchronized with Debian testing repositories of 08/01/2013.

The System is equipped with a similar set of programs as the main edition (e17/LXDE) and is designed for older computers.

A few applications I changed to the lighter ones, which will affect the operation of the system, such as:
– LibreOffice -> Abiword & Gnumeric
– Icedove -> Claws-mail
– Iceweasel -> Chromium
– Evince -> Xpdf
– Lxterminal -> Xterm
– Brasero -> Xfburn

Both desktops have been “slightly” modified.
Fluxbox has gotten only a small facelift – I wanted to keep its minimal consumption of power.
Openbox (recently my favorite) has been “much more customized”, while maintaining a good balance between functionality and lightness. I’ve added some interesting scripts to the menu, so working on Openbox should be easy like on “bigger” desktops.

I have made a few own tests with Sparky “Ultra” on virtual machine, hard drive and DVD Live mode.
SparkyLinux Ultra Edition uses approximately:
– CPU 150-200 Mhz
– RAM 70 MB

Minimum hardware requirements for “Ultra Edition” is:
– CPU i386
– RAM memory 256 MB
– SWAP partition 512 MB
– DVD drive or USB Flash Disk
– for hard drive installation 5GB of disk space (minimum) – 10GB recommended

To change between Live system desktops, logout and login back:
user: live
password: live
Root password is blank.
If you have to work as superuser, use “sudo” (with no password):
sudo app-name

or
sudo su

To install SparkyLinux on hard drive, run “SparkyLinux hard drive installer” icon (with GUI) placed at “home” directory. To run text mode installer, type:
sudo sparkylinux-installer

Test SparkyLinux and report any bug please.

If you downloading via BitTorrent, please seed – I have limited access to the network.

ISO images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from our download page.

SparkyLinux 2.1 Fluxbox     SparkyLinux 2.1 Openbox

 

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-2-1-rc-ultra-edition/

 

SparkyLinux 2.0 “Eris”

 

The final version of SparkyLinux 2.0 “Eris” e17/LXDE just arrived.
The system has been completely built on Debian testing “Wheezy”.

The default desktop is as usually Enlightenment, but there is (at the same media) LXDE desktop as well. It has been added for these users witch are not happy with e17.
Both system’s desktops are light and fast, perfect works on new and old machines.
I’d like to add that SparkyLinux 1.0 “Venus” based on Debian “Squeeze” is not under development any more.
All my attention I paid (and i will do later) to SparkyLinux compatible with Debian testing.
It will help to keep SparkyLinux as rolling release so it will not be needed to reinstall SparkyLinux to newer version releases as new iso media in the future.

All known bugs has been fixed.
I have been made a few additional changes:
– parcellite and qt4-qtconfig added
– a view of all app’s windows are now the same (e17, gtk i qt)
– fonts hinting changed for “medium” (LXDE desktop)
– all packages have been upgraded

Live system starts with LXDE desktop first.
To change it for Enlightenment simply log out and log in back :
user: live
password: live
Root password is empty.

Hardware requirements for SparkyLinux 2.x :
– CPU 32 bit i386 (or newer)
– CPU 64 bit x86_64
– RAM memory 256MB (minimum) + 512MB SWAP
– RAM 512MB (recommended) or bigger + 512-1024 SWAP
– DVD drive or Flash Disk USB
– screen resolution 800×600 minimum
– for hard drive installation 5GB of disk space (minimum) – 10GB recommended

ISO images of SparkyLinux 32 and 64 bit are ready for download from our download page.

Thank’s for suggestions, advices and testing for Albedo 0.64, AlbatroZ and MoroS.

 

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-2-0-eris/

 

SparkyLinux 2.0 beta2

SparkyLinux 2.0 “Eris” beta2 e17/LXDE jest ready to use.
The system has been build on Debian testing “Wheezy” packages.

What’s new in beta2 ?
– a few problems have been fixed, including ‘fstab’ file missing in Live
– default launchbar has been changed – Wbar has been replaced with customized LXDE panel (LXDE desktop only)
– Wbar is still available at menu, but it does not starting automatically
– removed packages: xsane, gnome-nettool, nmap, zenmap, shotwell
– new added packages: simple-scan, gnome-screenshot
– problem with locales (64bit only) fixed

Live system starts with LXDE desktop as default.

To change LXDE for Enlightenment log out and log in back:
user: live
password: live
Root password is blank.
Enlightenment desktop (64bit) is available after hard drive installation.

If you can’t type your wifi password (dialog window will not show up; 64bit only), stop connect attepting, go to:
Edit connections-> Wireless-> Edit-> Wireless security-> Password-> type your wifi password-> Save and click on your network name’s icon again.

All packages have been upgraded up to Debian testing repositories 18th Sep 2012.

Suggestions and bugs can be reported at our forum:
https://forum.sparkylinux.org
or at Sourceforge ticket’s system (in English):
sourceforge.net/p/sparkylinux/tickets/

ISO images can be downloaded from our download page.

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-2-0-beta2/

SparkyLinux 2.0 beta1

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-2-0-beta1/

After two weeks of hard work SparkyLinux 2.0 beta1 code name “Eris” is ready for public testing. The system has been build on Debian testing “Wheezy” packages.

2.0 release provides some changes:
– only one DVD version (previously FullDVD) featuring selected set of applications, multimedia codecs and plugins, Flash, Java, etc.
– only one language version (Live) – English – but you can install the system with your localization
– two separated ISO images for 32 and 64 bit machines

Live system starts with LXDE desktop as default.
To change LXDE for Enlightenment log out and log in back:
user: live
password: live
Root password is blank.

SparkyLinux 2.0 beta1 runs on Linux kernel 3.2 and has:
– e17 0.16.999.70492-2
– Xorg 7.7+1
– alsa-base 1.0.23
– pulseaudio 2.0.-3
– PCManFM 0.9.10-3
– GNOME-MPlayer 1.0.6-1
– MPlayer 2.0~git20120707
– Iceweasel 10.0.6esr-1
– Network-Manager 0.9.4.0-5
– VLC, Exaile, Avidemux, Audacity, OGMRip
– Icedove, Xchat, Transmission, gFTP, Pidgin, Liferea
– GPicView, Gimp, Shotwell, Camorama
– LibreOffice, Evince, Mousepad, nano
– Wine, PlayOnLinux, GNOME-Games, mc, etc.

Suggestions and bugs you can report at our forum (in Polish):
https://forum.linuxiarze.pl/index.php/board,32.0.html
or at Sourceforge ticket’s system (in English):
sourceforge.net/p/sparkylinux/tickets/

ISO images can be downloaded from our download page.

SparkyLinux 2.0 beta1 e17     SparkyLinux 2.0 beta1 LXDE

Known problems:
– localization can’t be changed (64bit)
– if you can’t type your wifi password (dialog window will not show up) go to: Edit connections-> Wireless-> Edit-> Wireless security-> Password-> type your wifi password-> Save and click on your network name’s icon again (64bit)
– LXDE desktop can’t be changed for e17 (64bit Live mode only)

 

SparkyLinux 2.0 alpha1

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-2-0-alpha1/

I am pleased to inform that we have started working with SparkyLinux 2.
The effect of our work is the first testing release alpha1 code name “Eris”.

Eris is a planet in the Solar System. It was discovered in January 2005 by a Palomar Observatory-based team led by Mike Brown.

SparkyLinux 2.0 alpha1 “Eris” has been completely built from scratch using Debian testing “Wheezy” packages and is 100% compatible with it. This alpha release will demonstrate the look and feel of the new version of the system.

Live system works quite well with no big problems.
If you have to restart X server and log in back, use:
user: live
password: live

Live installer has been removed from the menu – it needs to be improved.

SparkyLinux 2.0 alpha1 featuring packages such as :
– Linux kernel 3.2.21-3
– e17 0.16.999.70492-2
– Xorg 7.7+1
– alsa-base 1.0.23
– pulseaudio 2.0.-3
– PCManFM 0.9.10-3
– GNOME-MPlayer 1.0.6-1
– MPlayer 2.0~git20120707
– LXmusic 0.4.4+git20100802
– Iceweasel 10.0.6esr-1
– Network-Manager 0.9.4.0-5

Remember that the system does not have all applications (similar to SparkyLinux 1.0 Full) but has only several apps. Bigger number of apps take the work with new iso much longer.

Your suggestions and bugs can be report at our forum (in Polish) :
https://forum.linuxiarze.pl/index.php/board,32.0.html

or at Sourceforge ticket’s system (in English):
sourceforge.net/p/sparkylinux/tickets/

New ISO image is ready for download from our download page.

SparkyLinux 2.0 alpha1

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