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Sparky 2020.12

The December snapshot of Sparky 2020.12 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of December 3, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.9.11 (5.9.12 & 5.10-rc6 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.34 + kpmcore 4.2.0
• APTus replaced by APTus AppCenter 20201203-RC1; it is still under development but it is enough stable to let you test and work on it https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-aptus-appcenter/
• added ‘sparky-www’ – it is a small package, which provides a custom Sparky’s start page, powered by DuckDuckGo, to your favorite web browser; the start page is located at /opt/sparky/index.html and has to be loaded manually to a web browser, after installing the package https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/sparky_www
• Firefox 83.0
• Thunderbird 78.5.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.3
• VLC 3.0.11
• Exaile 4.1.0 beta1
• libpython3.9 is installed, but Python 3.8 is still the default one
• python2.x & libpython2.x removed
• GCC 10.2.0 as the default compiler
• added RSS feed clients: QuiteRSS to LXQt and Liferea to MATE and Xfce iso images

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or via APT:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

 

2020 annual payment of our server

DonateThe annual payment day for our server is coming.

We know that the situation is very difficult for all of us, because the virus paralyzes not only our bodies, and businesses too, but if you are in a position to help us, please support us – without your support we will not be able to keep it running, because we only exist thanks to you.

Until January 31, 2021 we have to collect and pay for our server 1500 PLN/360 Euros/430 USD plus min. 2600 PLN/~620 Euros/~ 740 USD for our monthly bills, such as: electricity, gas, water, internet, domains, expenses related to improving the functionality of websites, small computer equipment that wears out constantly (memory, pen drives, mice, batteries, etc. …), fuel, as well as rent, food, drugs and immortal taxes.

This is a bigger amount than usual, so we start collecting today. If we do not pay – we could disappear from the network, but we believe, with your help, we will be able to do it.

There are 2 collection progress bars will appear on the website.
The first bar for monthly support, and the second one for the collection to the server, so add a note: support and/or collection to the server, as a message to your donation, please. The amounts without a note will be transferred equally (in half) to both collections.

Unfortunately, better times we know before the Coronavirus have not returned yet, and there are no signs that they will come back soon, so we would like to collect the minimum national wage every month; from January 2021 it is PLN 2,800/~670 €/~800 USD.

Linuxiarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOS and SoftMania is our only job we have and our only source of income. The two of us only live off your monthly support and small advertising incomes. It’s not possible to survive in the Polish capital having small income from the adds, so your support is very important to us.

Anyway, if any of you have something interesting for us to offer – we are open to cooperation.

We wholeheartedly thank you for your support, which is, as always, invaluable.
Thanks to people like you, we have the power to create and continue to operate.

Visit the donation page to find out how to send a donation.

Stay healthy.
Aneta and Paweł

Sparky news 2020/11

The 11th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2020:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.9.11 & 5.10-rc6
• Sparky 5.13 “Nibiru” of the stable line released
• VMware Workstation Sparky’s Installer updated up to version VMware 16.x & put some fixes; it it available from APTus & APTus AppCenter; works on Sparky stable and oldstable only
• added to repos: LazPaint graphics editor, Nyxt web browser, Slimjet web browser, Simplest Studio audio editor

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in December too, please.

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof Ś.
PLN 200
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 20
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
World
Neal B.
$ 2
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
United Kingdom
Anthony M.
€ 12
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 44.44
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 25
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
World
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Italy
Paolo R.
PLN 447.82
Germany
Ralf A.
€ 15
Poland
Norbert M.
PLN 50
World
Kiss L.
€ 5
USA
Ryan S.
€ 20
Poland
Rafał L.
PLN 100
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Poland
Mieczysław K.
PLN 10
France
Ou P.
€ 100
Total:
85%
€ 218.66
PLN 1168.26
$ 47

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

LazPaint

There is a new application available for Sparkers: LazPaint

What is LazPaint?

Free cross-platform image editor, like PaintBrush or Paint.Net, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Uses BGRABitmap library. Can read layered files (lzp, ora, pdn, oXo), multi-images (gif, ico, tiff), flat files (bmp, jpeg, pcx, png, tga, xpm, xwd), vectorial (svg), 3D (obj). Has drawing tools, phong shading, curve adjustments, filters and render some textures.
LazPaint was started to demonstrate the capabilities of the graphic library BGRABitmap. It provides advanced drawing functions in Lazarus development environment. Both provided a source of inspiration for the other and finally LazPaint became real image editor. Thanks to the help of Lazarus community, the program has been compiled on Windows, Linux and macOS.

Installation (Sparky stable & testing amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install lazpaint

or via APTus-> Graphics-> LazPaint icon.

LazPaint

Copyright (C) circular
License: GNU GPL v3
Web: github.com/bgrabitmap/lazpaint/

 

Sparky 5.13

A next point release of Sparky 5.13 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.12 and 5.13:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of November 3, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.152 (PC)
• Linux kernel 5.4.72-v7+ (ARMHF)
• Firefox 78.4.0esr
• Thunderbird 78.4.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
• LXQt 0.14.1
• Xfce 4.12.5
• Openbox 3.6.1

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky news 2020/10

The 10th monthly Sparky project and donation report of 2020:
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.9.2 & 5.10-rc1
• Sparky 4.13 “Tyche” of the oldstable line released
• Sparky ‘oldstable’, ‘stable’ & ‘testing’ repos removed; use ‘tyche’, ‘nibiru’ or ‘potolo’ instead
• Added to repos: MellowPlayer, Boostnote, FFQueue, Hiero
• Added to APTus & APTus AppCenter configuration of UKUI desktop (Sparky 6 only) & XanMod Linux Kernel Installer (Sparky 6 amd64 only)

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in November too, please.

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 52.42
World
Magnus F.
€ 50
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
Italy
Girolamo S.
€ 5
Netherlands
Sjoerd S.
€ 50
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 30
World
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Mary L.
€ 3.86
USA
Ryans Products LLC
€ 20
Italy
Paolo R.
PLN 457.62
Germany
Ralf A.
€ 15
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Latvia
Eduards J.
€ 12
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Total:
76%
€ 224.52
PLN 896.04
$45

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

FFQueue

There is a new application available for Sparkers: FFQueue

What is FFQueue?

FFQueue is (yet another) graphical user interface for FFMpeg with comprehensive support for both the basic features but also the more advanced features like filtergraphs. FFQueue makes it easy to create multiple jobs and process them as a single queue.
FFQueue can sort out the most significant output from FFMpeg and display it in the graphical console and save it to a HTML-based (color coded) logfile for easy review when the queue has been processed.

Installation (Sparky stable & testing amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install ffqueue

or via APTus-> VideoTool-> FFQueue icon.

FFQueue

Copyright (C) Torben Bruchhaus
License: GNU GPL v3
Web: ffqueue.bruchhaus.dk

 

XanMod Linux Kernel

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: XanMod Linux Kernel Installer

What is XanMod Linux Kernel?

XanMod is a general-purpose Linux kernel distribution with custom settings and new features. Built to provide a stable, responsive and smooth desktop experience.
The real-time version is recommended for critical runtime applications such as Linux gaming eSports, streaming, live productions and ultra-low latency enthusiasts.
Supports all recent 64-bit versions of Debian and Ubuntu-based systems.

Main Features:
– Preemptive Full Tickless Kernel at 500Hz w/ Tuned CPU Core Scheduler.
– RCU Boost for better responsiveness and lower overall system latency.
– Block Layer w/ multi-threaded runqueue for high I/O throughput.
– Caching, Virtual Memory Manager and CPUFreq Governor improvements.
– BBR TCP Congestion Control + FQ-PIE Packet Scheduling and AQM Algorithm [5.9][5.9-rt][5.8].
– ORC Unwinder for Kernel Stack Traces (debuginfo) implementation.
– Third-party patchset available: ZSTD kernel, initrd and modules support [5.9][5.9-rt]5.8], Full x86_64 FSGSBASE instructions [5.9][5.8], Clear Linux [partial], CK’s Hrtimer Patchset, Wine / Proton Fsync, PCIe ACS Override, Aufs [5.4] and GCC graysky’s.
– Real-time Linux kernel (PREEMPT_RT) build available [5.9-rt][5.4-rt].
– Generic kernel package for compatibility with most Debian & Ubuntu based distributions. Built on the latest GCC 10.2 and Binutils 2.35.
– GPLv2 license. Can be built for any distribution or purpose.

Installation (Sparky testing amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus

to upgrade APTus to the latest version, then launch APTus-> System-> XanMod Linux Installer icon.

XanMod Linux Kernel Installer

Founder: Alexandre Frade
License: GNU GPL v2
Git: github.com/xanmod/linux

 

Boostnote

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Boostnote

What is Boostnote?

Boost Note is an intuitive and stylish markdown editor. It’s fully open-source, and used by 1 million developers.

Features:
– Cloud Storage – Notes in a cloud storage will be stored safely and accessible from other devices.
– Multiple Platforms – Boost Note app is available in browsers, desktop app and mobile app.
– Syntax Highlight – Boost Note can highlight more than 100 programming languages.
– Math Equations – Boost Note supports math blocks. In the blocks, you can write math equations with LaTeX syntax.
– Customizable Theme – You can customize style of the app UI, its editor and rendered markdown contents.
– File System Based Storage – -You can have full control of your data. Share your notes with your favorite cloud storage service.
– Extensible Markdown (Coming Soon) – You can introduce custom markdown syntax and configure how to render it.

Installation (Sparky testing amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install boostnote

or via APTus-> Ofice-> Boostnote icon.

Boostnote

Copyright (C) 2016 – 2020 BoostIO, Inc.
License: GNU GPL v3
Git: github.com/BoostIO/Boostnote

 

UKUI desktop

A new desktop environment has been implemented into APTus & APTus AppCenter: UKUI

What is UKUI?

UKUI is a desktop environment for Linux distributions and other UNIX-like operating systems. It provides a simpler and more enjoyable experience for browsing, searching and managing your computer.

Installation (Sparky testing):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-desktop-ukui

or via APTus-> Desktop-> UKUI desktop icon.

The UKUI desktop has been implemented to Sparky Advanced Installer too, so can be installed using Sparky MinimalGUI/MinimalCLI iso images of Sparky rolling edition.

UKUI on Sparky6

License: GNU GPLv2+
Git: github.com/ukui/ukui-desktop-environment

 

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