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Tutanota Desktop

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Tutanota Desktop

What is Tutanota?

Tutanota is the secure email service with built-in end-to-end encryption that enables you to communicate securely with anyone on all your devices.

What is Tutanota Desktop?
The secure desktop clients with built-in encryption is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS (mobile versions for Android and iOS are also available, as well as a web client). The Tutanota secure email service with automatic encryption has been published in March 2014. The Tutanota desktop clients enable you to use Tutanota directly from your computer without the need of a browser.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tutanota-desktop

or via APTus-> Email tab-> Tutanota Desktop icon.

The first run asks about the app integration with the desktop – you do not need to do that, it is already integrated at the deb package.

Tutanota Desktop

Author: Tutao GmbH
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tutao/tutanota

 

Sparky APTus 0.4.36

Sparky APTus has been upgraded up to 0.4.36 (Sparky 5) & 0.4.38 (Sparky 6).

There are small, but notable changes of APTus, which provide:
– added Debian RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5 & 6)
– added Debian Backports Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– Added Debian Backports RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– separated Linux kernel amd64 & i686 installation of Debian and Liquorix kernels (Sparky 5 & 6); it means, the kernel installer shows amd64 kernels only on the list of amd64 machines and shows i686 & i686-pae kernels only on machines i686.

* No need to manually configure the Debian backports repos on Sparky stable 5 – the tool will do that for you.
* If you already configured Debian backports repos – simply disable or remove it.

The new small features will be moved to APTus AppCenter too.

APTus kernel installation

 

Gomuks

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gomuks

What is Gomuks?

A terminal Matrix client written in Go using mautrix and mauview.

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gomuks

General usage:
– /help – View command list.
– /quit – Close gomuks.
– /clearcache – Clear room state and close gomuks.
– /logout – Log out, clear caches and go back to the login view.
– /fingerprint – Shows the Device ID and fingerprint, allowing verification of the session.
– /toggle – Toggle user preferences.
— rooms – Room list sidebar.
— users – User list sidebar.
— baremessages – Bare message mode where the sender name is inline with the messages.
— images – Text image rendering.
— typingnotif – Outgoing typing notifications.
— emojis – :emoji: conversion when sending messages.
— html – HTML input.
— markdown – Markdown input.
— downloads – Automatic downloads (this will also prevent images from working).
— notifications – Desktop notifications.
— unverified – Sending (e2ee keys for) messages to unverified devices. You need restart gomuks for this setting to take effect.

More info at the project’s GitHub wiki page.

Gomuks

Author: Tulir Asokan
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tulir/gomuks/

 

Mirrors in Germany

There are two, new repo mirrors available for Sparkers, both located in Germany.

Mirror DE1 is provided by JackGrumbler:
http://de1.repo.sparkylinux.org

Mirror DE2 is provided by MoroS:
http://de2.repo.sparkylinux.org

Thanks a lot both, JackGrumbler and MoroS.

If you would like to provide a mirror repo server in your location, send a message via contact form, please.

Requirements and settings: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/mirrors

If you’d like, I can set your Sparky mirror for you.

Sparky 5.14

A next point release of Sparky 5.14 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.13 and 5.14:
* system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of February 2, 2020
* Linux kernel 4.19.171 (PC) (5.9.15-1~bpo10+1 in Debian backports repo, if you need a newer one)
* Linux kernel 5.4.83-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.7.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.7.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* xterm replaced by spterm, which is used by Sparky tools now

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 2021/01

The second monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.10.12 & 5.11-rc5
– added to repos: DeepL-Linux Client, Trible bittorrent client, SteamTinkerLaunch

Do you think about a Sparky repo mirror server in your location?
What you need is:
– a fully managed vps with hard/ssd disk >= 20GB
– RAM >= 512MB
– CPU >= 1
– ssh access
– Debian 9/10 (preferred) or Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 or CentOS 7/8 preinstalled
– monthly bandwidth > 500GB
– one IP4 address
– NS record to redirect a new repo subdomain to
Let me know via the contact form if you could provide a VPS to Sparky repo mirror, please. I could set it up for you.

* Thank all of you very much, but unfortunately we did not found exact amount to the server, as well as to life 🙁
We paid for the server taking missing amount from the life part, which in January is less than half. Now we under a minimum line of we need 🙁
We can not count on subsidies from our countru, because we do not run a business – only in you hope.
Please help us to survive the hard times – Linuxinarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOS and SoftMania are only our work and source of income – without you we will not make it.

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

* Bardzo dziękujemy wszystkim darczyńcom, ale niestety nie udało nam się uzbierać całej kwoty na serwer, jak również na życie 🙁
Opłaciliśmy serwer dopłacając z pieniądzy na życie, których w styczniu uzbieraliśmy niespełna połowę. Teraz jesteśmy na minusie 🙁
Nie możemy liczyć na dotacje od naszego Państwa, bo nie prowadzimy działalności – jedynie w Was nadzieja.
Pomóżcie przetrwać nam ciężkie czasy – Linuxiarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOs oraz SoftMania to nasza jedyna praca i źródło utrzymania – bez Was nie damy rady.

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Neal B.
$ 2
World
Mitchel V.
$ 10
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Aleksander S.
PLN 260
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 75
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 100
Poland
Barbara Z.
PLN 50
World
Michael L.
€ 5
World
Nicholas F.
€ 10.75
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Ryszard K.
PLN 25
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Piotr M.
€ 25
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof P.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
World
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 20
Poland
Witold Ś.
PLN 50
Poland
Maria B.
PLN 50
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Arkadiusz G.
PLN 20
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Michael C.
€ 20
Poland
Dariusz B.
PLN 50
World
Christian F.
€ 10
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 200
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Ralf A.
€ 10
Total:
49%
+30% to VPS (85% in total)
€ 149.41
PLN 1065
$ 37

* 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.

SteamTinkerLaunch

There is a new application available for Sparkers: SteamTinkerLaunch

What is SteamTinkerLaunch?

SteamTinkerLaunch (short stl) is a Linux wrapper tool for use with the Steam client which allows to customize and start tools and options for games quickly on the fly.
stl works with linux native games and with games using proton! (Some features (f.e. ReShade) are only available for games using proton) (Non-Steam games added to Steam are supported as well).
There are two ways to use stl with steam. Either as Launch Option or as Steam Compatibility Tool.

Installation (Sparky 6 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install steamtinkerlaunch

or via APTus-> Game section.

SteamTinkerLaunch

Founder: frostworx
License: GNU GPL 3.0
Web: github.com/frostworx/steamtinkerlaunch

 

Tribler

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Tribler

What is Tribler?

Tribler is a research project of Delft University of Technology. Tribler was created over nine years ago as a new open source Peer-to-Peer file sharing program. During this time over one million users have installed it successfully and three generations of Ph.D. students tested their algorithms in the real world.
Tribler is the first client which continuously improves upon the aging BitTorrent protocol from 2001 and addresses its flaws. We expanded it with, amongst others, streaming from magnet links, keyword search for content, channels and reputation-management. All these features are implemented in a completely distributed manner, not relying on any centralized component. Still, Tribler manages to remain fully backwards compatible with BitTorrent.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tribler

Tribler

Authors: Delft University of Technology
License: GNU GPL
Web: github.com/Tribler/tribler

 

DeepL-Linux

There is a new application available for Sparkers: DeepL-Linux

What is DeepL-Linux?

DeepL integration for Linux. Select text in any application and simply press Ctrl+C and another shortcut to translate it. The client for deepl in Linux uses webview.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6, amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install deepl-linux

Add system shortcut:
* add this command:
/opt/deepl/loader.sh
And set this command with a shortcut, for example: Ctrl-Alt-D

Use it:
Select text in any application, press Ctrl+c to copy selected content into clipboard, then press the shortcut you just defined for loader.sh

DeepL-Linux

Author: kumakichi
License: ?
Web: github.com/kumakichi/Deepl-linux

 

Sparky news 2020/12

The 12th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2020:
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.10.4 & 5.11-rc1
• Sparky 2020.12 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 2020.12 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released
• added to repos: Pogo audio player, Zettlr markdown editor, Rescuezilla, Cozy audiobook player

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 January too, please.

Special thanks go to all of you, for sending extra money to the VPS too.

As you known, the January is the second and the last month we try to collect extra donations to pay a bill of our VPS. We alredy recived 55% of our need (PLN 1500) in the December 2020, so we still be trying to collect missing 45% in the January. The deadline is on the end of January 2021, so consider an extra, small donation to the VPS, please.

Happy New 2021 Year!

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 15
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 20
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 24
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
World
Neal B.
$ 2
World
Mitchel V.
$ 10
Germany
Thomas B.
€ 15
Italy
Paolo R.
PLN 446.39
World
William S.
€ 60
World
Peter M.
€ 25
World
Simone M.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 5
Poland
Hubert S.
PLN 200
Poland
Andrzej R.
PLN 30
Poland
Marek S.
PLN 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Sweden
Bernt A.
€ 50
France
Armel R.
€ 40
Poland
Tomasz P.
PLN 50
France
Aymeric L.
€ 85
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Jaime S.
€ 3
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 4.20
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Damian G.
PLN 30
Poland
Jerzy R.
PLN 18
World
William T.
€ 20
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 35
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Ralf A.
€ 15
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Poland
Jan K.
PLN 300
Poland
Dariusz T.
PLN 30
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
World
Petr U.
€ 15
Total:
90% (+ 55% to VPS)
€ 408.66
PLN 1539.59
$ 52

* 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.

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