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 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



There is new application available for Sparkers: Tomb.

Tomb is an 100% free and open source system for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components.

Tomb generates encrypted storage folders to be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected with a password chosen by the user.

A tomb is like a locked folder that can be safely transported and hidden in a filesystem; its keys can be kept separate, for instance keeping the tomb file on your computer harddisk and the key files on a USB stick.

Tomb is a simple tool to manage encrypted storage on GNU/Linux, from the hashes of the dyne:bolic nesting mechanism.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tomb

Full list of Tomb options is available via the command:
man tomb

There is also a Zenity based GUI to Tomb called GTomb, available in Sparky repos:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gtomb


Let me know if any problem, specially about dependencies, if any, please.