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DEBiTool

There is a new, small tool available for Sparkers: DEBiTool.

What is DEBiTool?
It is a small tool which lets you install a deb package from your local disk, and reinstall or remove it as well. It uses Yad to display all messages.

It can be used as an alternative for GDebi-GTK or GDebi-KDE.

The name of DEBiTool is effect of quick work of our small but strong community (FB). We needed 20 minuts about to get a compromise and find a name to the new tool 🙂

Installation:
apt update
apt install debi-tool

Usage:
1. Right click on a deb package -> Open with DEBiTool Package Installer (or set it as a default tool to open deb files); or
2. Menu-> System-> DEBiTool-> choose a deb file from your local drive; or
3. From a command line:
debi-tool your-package.deb

DEBiTool

DEBiTool

It can be installed on Debian and Ubuntu based distros, after adding Sparky repos and the public key.

The tool is already localized into English and Polish, so translate to any different language, please.

Make sure it is the first version so… if you find any problem or have an idea how to improve it – simply post it at our forums, please.

 

Sparky Backup Sys 20180327

Call for translating & testing: Sparky Backup Sys 20180327.

Sparky Backup Sys is a Yad based GUI to Sparky Backup Core tool.
The Sparky Backup Core provides scripts to make a bootable iso image of your Sparky installation and the Advanced Installer as well.

All Sparky Backup related tools have been localized (English and Polish available now) so translate the tools to your language, please.

There are 3 backup packages, but 4 locale files to be translated:
– sparky-advanced-installer
– sparky-backup-core
– sparky-backup-desktop
– sparky-backup-sys
The English locales can be downloaded from Sparky’s Wiki page:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/locales

The latest versions of the packages are placed in Sparky ‘unstable’ repos, so if you would like to test them, do:
Change pinning:
sudo nano /etc/apt/preferences.d/sparky
changing sparky unstable pin from 500 to 1001:
Package: *
Pin: release o=SparkyLinux,a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 500

Enable Sparky ‘unstable’ repository, located in:
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky-unstable.list
Then refresh package list
sudo apt-get update

To test Sparky Backup Sys on your Sparky installation, install 3 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop sparky-backup-sys

Backup Sys

To test Sparky Advanced Installer on Sparky Live system, install 2 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop

Advanced Installer

 

Language packages installer

The Sparky APTus features a tool which installs missing language packages.
It can be used any time you’d like and is offered at the first system’s startup via Sparky First Run app as well.

Changes at the language script:
– added myspell and aspell dictionaries to be installed as default
– added KDE and GNOME task to be installed if one of the desktops is installed
– fixed thunderbird language package installation
– added 2 new languages to be installed: Irish and Nepal

Installation/upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus

APTus language installer

 

Sparky CA

There is new, small tool available for Sparkers: Sparky CA.

The Sparky CA is a small tool which let you install PJeOffice CA Certificates.

In this moment, due to Daniel, our community memeber request, it installs (and can re-install) 11 certificates for Brazilian users, as of:
– ICP root
– CertSign Chains
– OAB chains
– Justice chains

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-ca

Then run the tool from menu-> Utilities

Sparky CA Installer

 

Debian kernel installer

There is new, small tool available for Sparkers: Debian’s Linux kernel installer.

A few guys of our community members asked about that, so couldn’t not adding that.

What for?
As Sparky is shipped with Debian kernel as default, I couldn’t find a reason to do that, but…
Someones of you install and test other kernels, such as Liquorix or Sparky, and then uninstall the Debian’s one. After finding problems with some specific devices or so, want to easy install the Debian’s one back.
End of story…

The old 686-pae Debian kernel installer has been removed as well (it is inside the new tool).

The tool is available via ‘sparky-aptus’ >= 0.3.21 package.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus

APTus

 

Sparky Desktop 20171214

There is an update of Sparky Desktop 20171214 available in our repository.
Sparky Desktop can be used via Sparky APTus-> Install tab-> Desktop

Changelog:
– Removed “–yes” option of apt command when installing packages – it shows all packages to be downloaded, the amount of all of them, and needs your confirmation
– Added separate window for arm arch – it displays desktops which can be installed on RaspberryPi only to avoid misunderstanding
– Got separated all desktops to 3 different sub-windows depends of repository source: Debian, Sparky and Others

All desktops available via the tool are installed using sparky’s desktop meta packages.
Desktop packages from the “Debian” tab are installed from Debian repository.
Desktop packages from the “Sparky” tab are installed from Sparky repos and they are built by me (pavroo).
Desktop packages from “Others” tab are installed using sparky meta package, but the installation script configures 3rd party repository, installs its public key and installs packages from the 3rd party repos, which are maintained and built by the project’s developers.

Hope it’s clear now, but if you have any question, place it at our forums.

Desktop Installer

 

Web Browser Installer

There is a new, small, home brew application available for Sparkers: Web Browser Installer.

Web Browser Installer lets you install one of 20+ web browsers via one click.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-webbrowser-installer

The application is available in 3 ways:
– APTus -> Install tab -> Web Browser Installer
– APTus Extra 0.1.45 -> Sparky_WWW
– system’s menu-> Network -> Web Browser Installer

The 3 browsers are installable on amd64 OS only: Brave, Google-Chrome and Opera.
Rest of them can be installed on i686 and amd64.

It’s a first version of the script, fully tested of course but if you find anything not working well, simply let me know via our forums, please.

Web Browser Installer

 

Sparky 4.6-dev20170307

 

New development iso images of Sparky 4.6-dev20170307 MinimalGUI are ready for testing.

Changelog:
– all packages updated from Debian (frozen, but still testing) Stretch repositories as of March 07, 2017;
– Calamares 3.1;
– fixed installation on UEFI machines issue; it installs the efi-grub debs offline (no internet connection needed), in the same way as the Advanced and the present Live Installers do;
– fixed small lightdm related issue, which did not list a target user in the login window;
– cleanup, removed some unnecessary packages, so the iso images are a little smaller then before.

Note: installation on an ecrypted device/partition is not configured properly yet.

The development iso images can be downloaded from the download/development page.

Test it and report on ours forums whatever you find, please.

 

SparkyLinux 4.5.1 MinimalGUI

There is an update of Sparky 4.5.1 MinimalGUI available to download.

The Sparky Advanced Installer doesn’t work as it should in the MinimaGUI edition, if you are trying to install an additional desktop. The installer calls a ‘desktop-installer’, but it does not coming back to the main installer with right privileges after. It used to do before, but not any more.

You do not re-install your already installed Sparky.
You can also use existing Sparky 4.5 MinimalGUI iso images, but if you’d like to install a different desktop, run the Advanced Installer from the command line:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
or
sudo sparkylinux-installer

The updated MinimalGUI 4.5.1 iso images provide a fix of the small issue.

Live is crazy, anyway…

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