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Sparky 5.3 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.3 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out.
Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes of all editions:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of March 22, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.15.4 (4.15.12-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.12
– added packages to support btrfs & xfs file systems
– added new tool for cleaning your system from old files and configs: bleachbit
– gdebi has been removed; local stored debs can be installed via APTus-> Install-> Install package
– many small fixes and improvements
– cleaning from old file’s configs

Changes in Sparky Advanced Installer:
– changed the first window info to let you quit and update the installer
– cut off efi and swap partitions from the partition list, after choosing them
– fixed locales configuration in gui mode

No system reinstallation is required, simply make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

New iso images of the rolling edition can be downloaded from download/rolling page.

Known issues:
– possible problem with unmounting the live system squashfs if running inside of a virtual machine – ignore, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

Sparky 5.2 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.1 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out.
Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes of all editions:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of January 3, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.14.7 (4.14.12-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.12
– the full disk encryption option has been activated in Calamares, so Sparky can be installed now on an encrypted disk
– PCManFM file manager replaced by Thunar
– USB disks are mounted automatically now

Changes in Multimedia edition:
– mypaint has been removed – makes conflict with libmypaint, which is a dependency to opentoonz

Changes in Rescue edition:
– zypper has been removed – old librpm makes conflict with newer one

No system reinstallation is required, simply do full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

New iso images of the rolling edition can be downloaded from download/rolling page.

Known issues:
– possible problem with unmounting the live system’s squashfs if running inside a virtual machine – ignore, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

Sparky 5.1 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.1 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out.
Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes between version 5.0 and 5.1:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of October 2, 2017
– Linux kernel 4.12.13 as default (4.13.4-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo; and Liquorix kernel can be installed via APTus-> Install)
– Calamares 3.1.5 as the default system installer
– a live system’s memtest86+ issue has been fixed
– gcc 6 removed from the live media; the default compiler is gcc 7
– obmenu-generator updated up to version 0.80, what speeded up launching the menu with svg icons
– added new tool for installing a web browser: Sparky Web Browser Installer

No system reinstallation is required. If you have Sparky up to 4.5 or 5.0 installed on your hard drive, simply make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

New iso images of the rolling edition can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Sparky 5.0 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.0 “Nibiru” are out.
Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.
Why Openbox?
1. I received a few emails from ours community members; they suggest changing the present LXDE desktop to other. As many users, as many options – I can not make everyone happy.
2. Openbox is an ultra lightweight and highly customized window manager what is the sparky priority.
3. APTus provides an option to install any desktop you like, so do it if you are not happy with Openbox.

Changes between version 4.5 and 5.0:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of July 29, 2017
– Linux kernel 4.11.6 as default (4.12.x is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo; Liquorix kernel can be installed via APTus-> Install)
– GameOver: added new packages: teamspeak-installer and lutris
– Rescue: added: sparkylinux-installer and grub-efi debs, which lets you install (if required) the live system on a hard drive of machines with BIOS or UEFI
– new theme “Sparky5”
– new default wallpaper
– Calamares 3.1.1 as the default system installer
– new tool for checking and displaying notification on your desktop about available updates
– added new repos (not active): wine-staging.com
– added two new live system boot options:
1. toram – lets you load the whole live system into ram memory (if you have enough);
2 – text mode – if any problem with normal or failsafe boot, this option runs sparky in text mode and lets you install it using the advanced installer

All 3 special editions of Sparky with Openbox window manager have gotten 3 key shortcuts:
– Super+t -> terminal emulator
– Super+r -> gexec
– Super+q -> logout window

No system reinstallation is required. If you have Sparky up to 4.5 installed on your hard drive, simply make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

New iso images of the rolling edition can be downloaded from download/rolling page.

Sparky 5 GameOver

 

Special edition’s meta packages

Due to a few requests on our forums and via messages I received, the special editions meta packages are ready in Sparky’s repso.

What’s that?
The meta packages install all additional extra tools, applications, games, etc. required by the specific Sparky special edition.

The meta packages can be installed on the top of your existing Sparky installation, and any desktop environment / window manager you like.

To install them, refresh package list:
sudo apt update
and install what you would like.

A set of GameOver edition tools and games:
sudo apt install sparky-meta-game
A set of Multimedia edition tools:
sudo apt install sparky-meta-multimedia
A set of Rescue edition tools:
sudo apt install sparky-meta-rescue

Make sure that many of the Rescue edition tools work in text mode only, and do not have menu entries. A full menu is provided by ‘obmenu-generator-rescue’ which is designed to the Openbox window manager.

More about special editions can be found on Sparky Wiki pages.

 

SparkyLinux 4.3 Special Editions

 

There are three SparkyLinux 4.3 special editions available now: GameOver, Rescue and Multimedia. This release is based on SparkyLinux 4.3 and is fully compatible with Debian testing “Stretch”.

“GameOver” Edition features LXDE desktop, a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

SparkyLinux “Rescue” Edition is an operating system which works in live DVD/USB mode only. The Live system contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

SparkyLinux “Multimedia” Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

Changes between version 4.2 and 4.3:
– full system upgrade as of May 03, 2016
– Linux kernel 4.5.1
– home roasted Sparky’s the latest Linux kernel 4.5.3 is available in Sparky “unstable” repository
– added Itch.io desktop client to the “GameOver” edition
– Iceweasel web browser replaced by Firefox

GameOver Edition   Rescue Edition   Multimedia Edition

ISO images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from the download page:
https://sparkylinux.org/download

 

SparkyLinux 4.2.1 Rescue Edition

 

There is an update of SparkyLinux Rescue Edition 4.2.1 available at our servers now.

Changes between version 4.2 and 4.2.1:
– full system upgrade as of February 10, 2016
– added fonts: Chinese, Japanese, Korean
– added a tool to configure the keyboard layout in the live session
– added possibility to run the live system with different locales then English (as was before)
– added inxi tool
– added Florence Virtual Keyboard

Chinese, Japanese and Korean users – please test it and report if any problem with your keymaps.
Otherwise if have any suggestions, post theme on our forums, please.

The iso images can be downloaded from the download page

 

SparkyLinux 4.2 Special Editions

 

There are three SparkyLinux 4.2 special editions available now: GameOver, Rescue and a brand new: Multimedia. This release is based on SparkyLinux 4.2 and is fully compatible with Debian testing “Stretch”.

One of the three polls has asked you about a special editions, and Multimedia Edition won, so there is.

The global changes are:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of December 25, 2015
– Linux kernel 4.3.0
– 32 bit iso images features the Linux kernel i686 (non-pae) now
– libc6 2.21
– gcc 5.3.1 (gcc 4.9 removed from the system)
– APT 1.1.5
– Wine 1.8
– removed all old Sparky wallpapers from the live iso images, and the default wallpapers has been slightly modified, depends of a Sparky edition

SparkyLinux “GameOver” Edition is shipped with applications such as:

– games: 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetronad, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balder2d, barrage, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, black-box, blobby, bloaboats, blockout2, brainparty, bygfoot, chromium-bsu, einstein, extremetuxracer, five-or-more, flare, four-in-a-row, freecraft, freedroid, frozen-bubble, funnyboat, gnome-chess, gnome-hearts, gnome-klotski, gnome-mahjongg, gnome-mastermind, gnome-mines, gnome-nibbles, gnome-robots, gome-sudoku, gnome-tetravex, gnubik, gnuchess, gnugo, gtkatlantic, gtkpool, gunroar, holdingnuts, iango, lbreakout2, lightsoff, liquidwar, ltris, maelstorm, megaglest, minetest, mokomaze, monopd, monsterz, moon-buggy, moon-lander, netmaze, netpanzer, openarena, pacman, performous, quadrapassel, slimevolley, smc, snake4, snowballz, supertux, swell-foop, tali, teeworlds, tennix, tetzle, tomatoes, transcend, warzone2100, wesnoth, widelands, xblast, xmoto, zaz
– steam & steam-launcher 1.0.0.51
– desura for linux
– wine & playonlinux
– Sparky APTus Gamer, which help you quick install applications such as: AdvenceMENU, Atari800, DeSmuME, Desura Installer, DOSBox, DOSEMU, ePSXe, FCEUX, FS-UAE, GNOME Video Arcade, Hatari, Higan, Hega Fusion, MAME, Mednafen, MESS, Nestopia, PCSX, PlayOnLinux, PPSSPP, Steam, Stella, VisualBoyAdvance, Virtual Jaguar, Wine, Winetricks, Yabause, ZSNES.
– lightweight LXDE desktop

SparkyLinux “Rescue” Edition is an operating system which works in live DVD/USB mode only. The Live system contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

– Backup (creating and restoring): Clonezilla, DDRescue + GUI, FSArchive, Grsync, luckyBackup, Partclone, Partimage + Partimage Server
– Bootloader (fixing the bootloader GRUB): Boot Repair
– Chroot (chrooting into Linux distributions): Chroot, Chrooter (Sparky Chrooter)
– Dysk (managing and partitioning): Cfdisk, Disktype, Fdisk, Gdisk, GParted, Parted, TestDisk
– Encryption (encrypting disks and partitions): Cryptsetup, Tcplay, VeraCrypt, zuluCrypt, zuluMount
– Files (operations on files and directories): Eraser (Sparky Eraser), PCManFM, Midnight Commander, PhotoRec, Shred, Tux Commander, Wipe, Xarchiver
– Malware (antivirus and antirootkits scanners): Chkrootkit, ClamAV, ClamTK, Rkhunter
– Monitoring: top, htop, lxrandr, nmon
– Network (access to MS Windows shared folders): samba klient
– Package Management: APT, RPM, YUM, Zypper
– Passwords MS Windows (MS Windows passwords cracker): ophcrack
– Remote Desktop : Gigolo, rdesktop + GUI, Remmina, TeamViewer Instalator
– Wsparcie dla systemów plików : Reiserfs, Reiser4, ext3/4, iso9660, UDF, XFS, JFS, UFS, HPFS, HFS, HFS+, Time Machine FS, MINIX, MS DOS, NTFS, VFAT. BTRFS, Exfat, F2FS, LVM2, NILFS2
– Quick Help
– ultra lightweight Openbox window manager

SparkyLinux “Multimedia” Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages, such as:

– Graphisc: Blender, Darktable, GIMP, ImageMagick, Inkscape, K-3D, LibreOffice Draw, MyPaint, Phatch, RawTherapee, Scribus, Simple Scan, Synfig Studio
– Audio: Aeolus, Ardour4, AT1, Audacity, Audio Tag Tool, Bitmeter, Composite, Foo YC20, Gmidimonitor, Guitarix, Gxtuner, Hydrogen, Internet DJ Console, Jaaa, JACK Keyboard, JAMin, Jnoisemeter, Lingot, LMMS, Meterbridge, Mixxx, Patchage, Peri-Foo, PHASEX, QjackCTL, QJackRcd, Qsynth, Qtractor, Rakarrack, Rosengarden, samplv1, SooperLooper, Sound Converter, Sound Juicer, Sweep, Timemachine, Tuxguitar, Yoshimi, Zita
– Video: Avidemux, Blender, Brasero, DeVeDe, dvd::rip, DVD Styler, LiVES, OGMRip, OpenShot, RecordMyDesktop, Stopmotion, Subtitle Editor, Transmageddon, Video Transcoder, VideoCut, VLC, WinFF, Xine, Xjadeo,
– HTML: BlueGriffon, Blue Fish
– and lightweight LXDE desktop

Many thanks go to the present translators and new ones:
– Carlo Troiani – Italian translations are finished now
– Keiichi Shiga – all the Japanese translations are done
– Fernando “seacat” Velo – Spanish translations
– Igor Klyushnyov – Russian translations

GameOver Edition   Rescue Edition   Multimedia Edition

More screenshots of Sparky 4.2 Special Editions: special-editions-screenshots-4-2/
The ISO images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from the download page

 

Sparky needs your opinion

 

As you know, Sparky is alive more than 3 years (in December 2015 will be 4 years) so I would like to ask all of you about your present experiences and needs around Sparky.

I prepared 3 quick polls, which let me know what do you like.

Question 1
Should Sparky be based on Debian stable, testing (present stage) or unstable “Sid”?

Question 2
What is your favorite desktop environment/window manager you would like to see (or not) as a Sparky spin?

Question 3
What a “special edition” of Sparky you would like to see (including the existing ones)?

If your answer is “other”, specify it in the comment box, please.

All the answers can help improved/changed/etc. Sparky and make it more useful as you like.

 

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