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Discord

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Discord.

What is Discord?

All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life.

Installation (64 bit only):
apt update
apt install sparky-aptus sparky-aptus-extra

It requires:
– sparky aptus >= 0.4.x
– sparky-aptus-extra >= 0.2.4
Then run APTus-> IM-> Discord.

Due the Discord is a proprietary application, it is not stored at Sparky repository.
The APTus-> IM script can download and install the application for you.

There are two more applications have been added to APTus as well: Caprine and Ring.
Make sure that Ring can not be installed on Sparky if EFL from Sparky repos is installed.

Discord

The home page of Discord: discordapp.com

 

Sparky 5.4 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.4 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out. Sparky 5 follows the 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.

This is a quarterly update of Sparky of the rolling line which provides changes such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 17, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.16.12 (4.17.2 & 4.18-rc1 are available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.12
– added packages: xinit (provides “startx” command)
– removed packages: gksu
– Firefox ESR removed and replaced by the latest Firefox 60.0.2
– Java web plugin removed; most modern web browsers don’t support the plugin any more
– slightly refreshed appearance of the Tint2 panel
– the default terminal emulator has been changed from XTerm to LXterminal
– added a new, small tool to the panel: Sparky Dashboard which displays all installed applications inside of Yad based fullscreen window

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 squashfs if running inside of a virtual machine – ignore, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

Sparky 5.3 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.

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.

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