Sparky APTus 0.1.4


There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.1.4 available at our repository.

– Upgrade – this will run “apt-get upgrade”
– Dist_Upgrade – this will run “apt-get dist-upgrade” – recommended way to keep Sparky up to date
– Quick_Install – quick install a package/packages from the repository
– Quick_Install_DEB – quick install “.deb” package from a local disk with all the dependencies
– Quick_Remove – quick remove selected package/packages from the system with all the dependencies
– Old_Kernel_Remove – this will remove old, non-active system kernel (if any)



How to run Sparkylinux on “old” computers without a DVD drive


SparkyLinux is available as a DVD iso file, so it can’t be run on very old machines which don’t have:
– optical DVD drive
– BIOS option for booting systems from USB drive

But there is a simple solution, if your computer has:
– optical CD or floppy drive
– USB port

The instruction can be used for most Linux distributions.

1. Copy SparkyLinux iso image using “Unetbootin” or “dd” command on USB flash drive:
– 2GB USB pendrive for “Eris” edition
– 4GB USB pendrive for “GameOver” edition

2a. Download and burn Plop Linux “Standard version” iso image on blank CD.
2b. Download (from the project page) and extract “” archive.
Burn the “plpbt.iso” image which you can find inside the new created folder “plpbt”.
2c. Download and extract “” archive.
On Linux hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using “dd” command:
dd if=plpbt.img of=/dev/fd0

On MS Windows hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using WinImage or RawWriteWin.

3. Reboot your machine, put USB SparkyLinux disk in the USB port, put CD/floppy disk in (with Plop).
Go to BIOS, choose CD/Floppy disk as the first booting option.

4. The Plop will start as first, choose “Plop Boot Manager”.


5. Choose a drive with SparkyLinux (USB).


6. It will start SparkyLinux.

SparkyLinux 2.x boot menu


Now you can test Live system and install SparkyLinux on a hard drive.

See also:
Plop project site

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How to install SparkyLinux 2.x/3.x on a hard drive?


Instalacja ->SparkyLinux na dysku twardym po polsku.

To install SparkyLinux on a hard/usb drive run desktop’s “SparkyLinux installer” icon.
You can also use text mode installer – instead of GUI:
sudo sparkylinux-installer


1. Target system’s language

1. Run the installer and click “Yes”.

SparkyLinux installer

2. The installer will install the system with locales you’ve chosen at start boot and US English keyboard layout. If you’d like to change it click “Yes”.

SparkyLinux installer

3. Mark your language and click “Forward”.

SparkyLinux installer

4. Choose your language if different than English.

SparkyLinux installer

5. Choose keyboard model.

SparkyLinux installer

6. Change keyboard layout if different than English.

SparkyLinux installer

7. Choose your keyboard.

SparkyLinux installer

8. At this step choose default settings.

SparkyLinux istaller


2. Partitions


9. Make preperation for new partitions for SparkyLinux.

SparkyLinux installation

10. Choose a disk (if you have more than one) for the new system installation.

SparkyLinux installation

11. GParted disk partitioner will run itself so create at least 2 partitions (maximum 3) :
– root partition “/” – minimum size 5GB (10 GB recommended) – “Eris edition”
– root partition “/” – minimum size 20GB (30 GB recommended) – “GameOver edition”
– SWAP partition – minimum size 256MB (512MB recommended)
– additionally you can create “home” partition for your personal files

Sparkylinux disk partitionig

If you need help with a disk partitioning, read my tutorial : Hard drive partitioning

It’s in Polish so use the online translator placed at the top left corner.

12. After closing down the GParted window, choose the SWAP partition.

SparkyLinux SWAP

13. Choose the “root” partition for system files.

SparkyLinux root partition

14. Choose file system for the “root partition” (ext4 recommended). It will be formatted.

SparkyLinux file system

15. Choose a partition for your “home” folder if you have one.

SparkyLinux home partition

16. Choose file system for the “home” folder (will be formatted). If you would like to share your existing “home” partition with your other Linux account, choose “do not format”. The partition will be not formatted then.

SparkyLinux home partition


3. Users and passwords


17. Now:
– type your system administrator (root) password twice
– type your real name
– type your new user nick name
– type your password twice
– type your host name

SparkyLinux users


4. Bootloader


18. Choose a place for GRUB bootloader installation (MBR recommended).

SparkyLinux GRUB installation


5. Timezone


19. System clock settings. To set up your time zone choose “Yes”.

SparkyLinux clock settings

SparkyLinux time zone


6. Installation


20. If all the information is correct, click “Yes” to start installation process.

SparkyLinux installation

21. First the newly created partitions will be formatted.

SparkyLinux partitions foramtting

22. Now, all system files will be copied into the partitions.

SparkyLinux files coping

23. Next, the installer will do post-installation work.

SparkyLinux post-installation

24. As the last step, the GRUB bootloader will be installed.

SparkyLinux GRUB installation

25. The installation process ended, reboot your computer now.

SparkyLinux end installation


You should install a few extra language packages via Synaptic (or apt-get).
For Polish for example install:
– wpolish
– myspell-pl
– aspell-pl
– iceweasel-l10n-pl
– icedove-l10n-pl
– libreoffice-l10n-pl

For your language, replace “pl” for your country code.


Have a nice work and fun with SparkyLinux !

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How to install the newest linux kernel?


SparkyLinux 2.0 is based on Debian testing “Wheezy” so it featuring Linux kernel 3.2 LTS.
If you need to install the newest Linux kernel, you have to:
1. In text console edit (as root) “sources.list” and add Debian unstable “Sid” repos:
nano /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Add new lines on the end of the list:
## sid
deb sid main contrib non-free
deb-src sid main contrib non-free
deb sid main non-free

3. Save it and refresh package list:
apt-get update

4. Open Menu-> Applications-> Administration-> Synaptic Package Manager
a. Click “Search” button and type “linux-image”
– if your computer is old ( CPU such as Pentium II, Pentium III, etc. ) choose

– if you have modern machine choose

– if you run SparkyLinux x86_64 version choose

b. Then click “Apply” button to install it
c. Reboot your computer choosing new installed kernel from booting list.

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How to install new package?


You can do it in a few different ways:

1. Synaptic
a. Open Menu-> Applications-> Administration-> Synaptic Package Manager
b. Click “Reload” button first, then “Mark All Upgrades”
c. Click “Search” button and type a name of a package then “Mark it for installation”
d. Click “Apply” button


2. Text console

a. Run text console and type:

password for root:
apt-get update

b. To find a package you request:
apt-cache search package-name

c. Install it:
apt-get install package-name


3. GDebi (package.deb)

If you downloaded a new package named “package.deb” from the network you can simple install it with double click. It will help you to install “.deb” packages with automatic dependency resolution (it automatically downloads and installs the required packages).

4. Text console (package.deb)

If you downloaded a new package named “package.deb” from the network you can install it in a text console:
password for root
dpkg -i /patch-to/package.deb

Remember that, it will not automatically downloads and installs the required packages, so try:
apt-get -f install

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