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GZDoom

A new application is available for Sparkers/gamers: GZDoom.

GZDoom is a ZDoom-based port which is maintained by Christoph Oelckers (Graf Zahl). It was first released on the 30th August 2005 and runs in Linux and Windows.

ZDoom is a family of enhanced port of the Doom engine to modern operating systems. It runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X, and adds new features not found in the games as originally published by id Software. ZDoom was originally created by Randi Heit using id Software’s and various others’ sources. Its successor ports GZDoom and QZDoom are now maintained by Christoph Oelckers, Braden Obrzut, Rachael Alexanderson, and Magnus Norddahl.

Installation via APTus Gamers, Synaptic or APT:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gzdoom

GZDoom

 

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

 

Lutris

There is a new application available for Sparkers/gamers: Lutris.

Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface.
Our goal is to support every game which runs on Linux, from native to Windows games (via Wine) to emulators and browser games. The desktop application and the website are libre software, your contributions are welcome!

Features:
– Manage your Linux games, Windows games, emulated console games and browser games
– Launch your Steam games
– Community-written installers to ease up your games’ installation
– More than 20 emulators installed automatically or in a single click, providing support for most gaming systems from the late 70’s to the present day
– Download and play libre and freeware games

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install lutris

or via Sparky APTus Gamer.

Lutris

 

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.

 

Itch.io platform app

 

The itch.io desktop’s application (Linux client) landed in SparkyLinux repository.

itch.io is a website for users to host, sell and download indie video games.
Indie game (Independent video games) are video games created by individuals or small teams generally without video game publisher financial support.

The itch.io desktop application can be installed via the package manager:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install itch

or via Sparky APTus Gamer => 0.1.11

Itch client

 

SparkyLinux 3.6 GameOver

 

SparkyLinux 3.6 “GameOver” is out.

“GameOver” is a special edition of Sparky targeted to gamers. It has been built on the top of the SparkyLinux 3.6 “Annagerman” and it’s fully compatible with Debian “testing” Jessie.

What is under the hood of GameOver 3.6 ?
– Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-ckt2-1)
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/12/31
– lxde-common 0.99.0-1
– openbox 3.5.2-8
– PCManFM 1.2.3-1
– Iceweasel 34.0-1
– vlc 2.2.0-rc2
– steam & steam-launcher 1.0.0.49
– desura for linux
– wine & playonlinux
– grub 2.02~beta2-19

Liquorix repository is enabled as default. It lets you upgrade the Linux kernel up to version 3.18 and Wine up to version 1.7 after installation Sparky on a hard drive

New applications:
– Sparky APTus Gamer – a small tool which lets you install all available system’s and machine’s game emulators. Most of them is located in Debian repos, and a few in Sparky repo as well
– Desura Installer – lets you install Desura client for Linux via one click
– EPSXE – (enhanced PSX emulator) is a PlayStation video game console emulator
– Kega Fusion – (also known simply as Fusion) is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis emulator by Steve Snake and the third and final emulator of the Kega-series
– PPSSPP – is an open source PSP emulator available for Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android

A set of emulators of old machines and systems available via the package manager and Sparky APTus Gamer: 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.

Sparky APTus Gamer

A set of preinstalled games : 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetronad, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balder2d, barrage, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, black-box, blobby, bloaboats, blockout2, brainparty, btanks, 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, neverball, neverputt, openarena, pacman, performous, pingus, quadrapassel, scorched3d, slimevolley, smc, snake4, snowballz, supertux, supertuxkart, swell-foop, tali, teeworlds, tennix, tetzle, tomatoes, transcend, warzone2100, wesnoth, widelands, xblast, xmoto, zaz

For some reasons I had to remove all previously preinstalled game emulators.
Adding the new tool Sparky APTus Gamer should help you installing any emulator.

Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux “GameOver” :
– CPU i586 / amd64
– 256 MB of RAM memory (some games need more than that – 500-1000MB recommended)
– an optical DVD drive or 4GB USB stick for Live medium
– 20 GB of space for installation on a hard drive (30GB recommended)
– 16 GB of Flash/Pen USB drive for “normal” installation (32GB recommended)

In a case of any problem with the live installer, you can try to use the older one as well (BIOS machines only):
sudo sparkylinux-installer
or
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page

SparkyLinux 3.6 GameOver

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-6-gameover

 

SparkyLinux 3.2 GameOver is out

 

SparkyLinux 3.2 “GameOver” is out.
It has been built on the top of SparkyLinux 3.2 “Annagerman” and it’s fully compatible with Debian “testing” Jessie. SparkyLinux “GameOver” is a special edition of our distro targeted to game players.

“GameOver” 3.2 offerts :
– access to games compiled for Linux platform
– access to “popular” and “modern” games via Steam and Desura platforms
– access to many games created for MS Windows platform via Wine and PlayOnLinux
– New! – access to “old” games created for machines and systems (discontinued) via emulators

What’s under the hood of GameOver 3.2:
– Linux kernel 3.11-2 (3.11.10-1)
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/12/22
– LXDE 0.5.5-6, Openbox 3.5.2-5, PCManFM 1.1.2-1 and a few important applications
– support for installation 32 bit applications on 64 bit system
– added new packages: sparky-autostart, sparky-conkeyset, sparky-conky, sparky-fonset, sparky-keyboard, sparky-locales, sparky-passwdchange, sparky-timedateset, sparky-tray, sparky-users, sparky-xdf
– 3th party applications: Steam, Desura & Dropbox clients
– Wine 1.4.1-4 & PlayOnLinux 4.2.1-1
– set of old machines and systems emulators:
* DeSmuME – emulator for Nintendo DS games
* DOSBox – DOS system emulator
* MAME – arcade games emulator + GUI front-end GNOME Video Arcade
* NEStopia – Nintendo Entertainment System emulator
* PCSX-Reloaded – Sony PlayStation emulator
* Stella – Atari 2600 emulator
* Visual Boy Advance – Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Color emulator
* Yabause – Sega Saturn emulator
* ZSNES – emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
– set of 96 preinstalled games: 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetronad, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balder2d, barrage, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, black-box, blobandconquer, blobby, bloaboats, blockout2, brainparty, brutalchess, btanks, bygfoot, chromium-bsu, einstein, extremetuxracer, five-or-more, flare, foobillardplus, 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, neverball, neverputt, openarena, pacman, performous, pingus, quadrapassel, scorched3d, slimevolley, smc, snake4, snowballz, supertux, supertuxkart, swell-foop, tali, teeworlds, tennix, tetzle, tomatoes, torcs, transcend, trigger-rally, warzone2100, wesnoth, widelands, xblast, xmoto, zaz

Stronger ‘xz’ compression lets me shrink the iso image and put more stuff on it.
SparkyLinux 3.2 “GameOver” is available now for 32 and 64 bit machines.

Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.
Sudo is active as default after installation.

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux 3.2 “GameOver” :
– CPU i486 / amd64
– 256 MB of RAM memory (some games need more than that – 500MB is better choice)
– an optical DVD drive or 4GB USB stick for Live medium
– 20 GB of space for installation on a hard drive
– 16 GB of Flash/Pen USB drive for “normal” installation (32GB recommended)

Have a nice fun and Happy New Year
Aneta & Paweł

SparkyLinux 3.2 GameOver

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-2-gameover/

 

SparkyLinux 3.0 GameOver is out

 

SparkyLinux 3.0 “GameOver” is ready for download.
“GameOver” 3.0 is built on SparkyLinux 3.0 “Annagerman” and compatible with the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie”.

Sparky 3.0 “GameOver” features:
– Linux kernel 3.9.8-1
– all packages updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/08/02
– sparky-installer bug has been fixed. It did not let to make installation on USB disks before (the final version of Sparky 3.0 “Annagerman”) and did not show any disk (hard/USB) if an USB disk was connected to the computer
– added new tools: blueman, ddm, disk-manager, dropbox client, gponting-device-settings, hardinfo, htop, joystick, jstest-gtk, lxtask, matchbox-keyboard, rcconf, uget
– added new games: blobby, blockout2, brainparty, chromium-bsu, flare, funnyboat, lbreakout2, ltris, minetest, pingus, smc (Secret Maryo Chronicles), teeworlds, tetzle, widelands
– removed game: flightgear

Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

“Sudo” is active as default after installation.

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux 3.0 “GameOver”:
– CPU i486
– 256 MB of RAM memory (some games need more than that)
– an optical drive or USB port
– 20 GB of space for full installation on a hard drive or flash USB disk (30GB recommended)

New iso images of Sparky 3.0.x “Annagerman” will be released soon to provide the fixed installer.

Have a nice fun 🙂

SparkyLinux 3.0 GameOver

 

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-0-gameover/

 

SparkyLinux 2.1 “GameOver” is out

 

Brand new, two egged SparkyLinux 2.1 ‘GameOver’ is out.
It’s the second, special edition of SparkyLinux ‘GameOver” released for Easter 2013.

It has been directly built on SparkyLinux 2.1 ‘Eris’ and Debian testing ‘Wheezy’.
All packages have been synchronized with Debian testing repos of 24/03/2013.

I made a few big changes so new system features:
– Linux kernel 3.2 i386 for old PC’s
– Linux kernel 3.8-liquorix (option) i686-pae for modern PC’s designed for multimedia and gaming
– libc6 has been updated up to 2.17 from experimental repo
– customized LXDE desktop
– Iceweasel, VLC, Leafpad, Pidgin, Transmission, XChat and a few important apps
– Flash, Java, multimedia codecs, VLC plugin for Iceweasel
– Desura for Linux
– Steam for Linux has been updated up to the latest, stable version
– Wine 1.4.1 (1.5.22 available in repo)
– PlayOnLinux 4.2
– xz compression reducted iso image about 10%
– full system installation on USB stick
– bugs fixing and a few cosmetics changes
– the same set of games: 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, aisleroit, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetron, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balazar3, balazarbrothers, balder2d, barrage, battleball, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, blobandconquer, bloboats, boswars, brutalchess, btanks, bygfoot, extreme tux racer, flightgear, foobillard, freecraft, freedroid, frozen-bubble, glchess, glines, gnect, gnibbles, gnobots2, gnome-hearts, gnome-sudoku, gnomine, gnotravex, gnotski, gnubik, gnugo, gsoko, gtali, gtkatlantic, gtkpool, gunroar, holdingnuts, lango, lightsoff, liquidwar, lincity, lordsawar, maelstorm, mahjongg, megaglest, mokomaze, monsterz, moon-buggy, moon-lander, netmaze, netpanzer, neverputt, open arena, pacman, performous, quadrapassel, scorched3d, slimevolley, snake4, snowballz, super tux, super tux kart, swell-foop, tennix, transcend, trigger-rally, trophy, warzone2100, wesnoth, xmoto, zaz.

This time Steam has been installed in ‘normal’ way, means there is the launcher and all dependencies installed only.
It needs to apply the agreement and download the client on first run.

SparkyLinux ‘GameOver’ is available as a large DVD media of 3.2 GB.
For hard drive installation you need minimum 15 – 20 GB of free space (30 GB recommended).
Full USB installation needs 32 GB Pen Drive.
CPU i386 minimum or newer.
Minimum, recommended RAM memory is 512MB – bigger, better.
SWAP partition 512 – 1024MB.

Live system’s user: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

Thanks go to:
– Kynes for new wallpaper
– Fragadelic for two kernels boot option’s help

Happy Easter and happy gaming from
Aneta & Paweł

SparkyLinux 2.1 GameOver

 

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

 

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