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Sparky 5.12

A quarterly update point release of Sparky 5.12 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.11 and 5.12:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of July 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.118
• Firefox 68.10.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.9.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus)
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active Internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation

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 iso/img images of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

NsCDE

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: NsCDE

What is NsCDE?

Not so Common Desktop Environment (NsCDE) is a retro but powerful (kind of) UNIX desktop environment which resembles CDE look (and partially feel) but with a more powerful and flexible framework beneath-the-surface, more suited for 21st century unix-like and Linux systems and user requirements than original CDE.
NsCDE can be considered as a heavyweight FVWM theme on steroids, but combined with a couple other free software components and custom FVWM applications and a lot of configuration, NsCDE can be considered a lightweight hybrid desktop environment.

Installation

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nscde-desktop

or via APTus-> Desktop tab -> NsCDE icon

It can be installed on all Sparky editions, means: Sparky 4/5/6 amd64/i386/armhf.

It is a release candidate 21, build and works ok on amd64, but the workspace switcher doesn’t load on i386 and ARMHF so far.

NsCDE

Copyright: “Hegel3DReloaded”
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/NsCDE/NsCDE

 

June 2020 donation report

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

Unfortunately, we were not able to collect all the amount we needed for this month, but we thank all of you very much for your support.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in July too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 7
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 2
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
USA
Ben J.
€ 4.5
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 100
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 120
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
Germany
Wilm S.
€ 20
Germany
Bernhard N.
€ 10
France
Sebastien M.
€ 10
United Kingdom
Rudolf L.
€ 10
World
Luis J.
€ 5
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Artur A.
PLN 35
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Grzegorz S.
PLN 50
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Germany
Antony J.
€ 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 15
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Paweł W.
PLN 5
Poland
Jacek B.
PLN 15
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
The Sailor
€ 50
USA
Andrew W.
€ 25
USA
Ryans Products LLC
€ 25
World
Daniel H.
€ 5
Germany
Ralf A.
€ 15
Germany
Manfred C.
€ 31.18
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Volodymyr S.
€ 4.5
Spain
Marcelo A.
€ 19.37
Total:
€ 293.21
PLN 634
$ 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.

Sparky news 2020/06

The 6th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.7.6 & 5.8-rc3
• added to repos: Popcorn-Time, eDEX-UI, Visual Studio Code, VSCodium, Bitcoin-Qt, Litecoin-Qt
• Sparky 2020.06 of the rolling line released
• a point release of the stable line is on the way, stay tuned

 

Visual Studio Code & VSCodium

There are 2 new applications available for Sparkers/Developers: Visual Studio Code & VSCodium

What is Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code is a distribution of the Code – OSS repository with Microsoft specific customizations released under a traditional Microsoft product license.
Visual Studio Code combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. It provides comprehensive code editing, navigation, and understanding support along with lightweight debugging, a rich extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.

Installation (amd64 only)

sudo apt update
sudo apt install code

or via APTus-> Office-> Visual Studio Code icon.

Visual Studio Code

Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/microsoft/vscode

What is VSCodium?

This is not a fork (of Visual Studio Code). This is a repository of scripts to automatically build Microsoft’s vscode repository into freely-licensed binaries with a community-driven default configuration.
This repository contains build files to generate free release binaries of Microsoft’s VSCode. When we speak of “free software”, we’re talking about freedom, not price. Microsoft’s downloads of Visual Studio Code are licensed under this not-FLOSS license and contain telemetry/tracking.

Installation (amd64 and ARMHF)

sudo apt update
sudo apt install codium

or via APTus-> Office-> VSCodium icon.

VSCodium

Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/VSCodium/vscodium

 

eDEX-UI

There is a new application available for Sparkers: eDEX-UI

What is eDEX-UI?

eDEX-UI is a fullscreen, cross-platform terminal emulator and system monitor that looks and feels like a sci-fi computer interface.

Heavily inspired from the TRON Legacy movie effects (especially the Board Room sequence), the eDEX-UI project was originally meant to be “DEX-UI with less « art » and more « distributable software »”. While keeping a futuristic look and feel, it strives to maintain a certain level of functionality and to be usable in real-life scenarios, with the larger goal of bringing science-fiction UXs to the mainstream.

Features:
– Fully featured terminal emulator with tabs, colors, mouse events, and support for curses and curses-like applications.
– Real-time system (CPU, RAM, swap, processes) and network (GeoIP, active connections, transfer rates) monitoring.
– Full support for touch-enabled displays, including an on-screen keyboard.
– Directory viewer that follows the CWD (current working directory) of the terminal.
– Advanced customization using themes, on-screen keyboard layouts, CSS injections. See the wiki for more info.
– Optional sound effects made by a talented sound designer for maximum hollywood hacking vibe.

Installation

Build on i386 arch failed, so the package can be installed on amd64 and ARMHF Debian/Sparky stable & testing.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install edex-ui

eDEX-UI

Copyright Gaby ‘GitSquared’
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/GitSquared/edex-ui

 

Popcorn Time

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Popcorn Time

What is Popcorn Time?

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform, free software BitTorrent client that includes an integrated media player. The applications provide a free alternative to subscription-based video streaming services such as Netflix. Popcorn Time uses sequential downloading to stream video listed by several torrent websites, and third party trackers can also be added manually.

Features:
– Popcorn Time constantly searching all over the web for the best torrents from the most important sites.
– Watch any movie or TV show as many times as you want. All you need to get started is a proper internet connection.
– If the movie or TV show is out there, Popcorn Time will find the best version possible and start streaming it right away.
– Watch your movie or episode instantly in HD and with subtitles. And then keep watching.
– No wait or download time. Instant playback of your favorite movies and TV shows.

Installation (32/64bit):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install popcorn-time

or via APTus-> VideoPlayers.

Popcorn Time

Copyright © Butter Project and the contributors
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/popcorn-official/popcorn-desktop

 

Sparky 2020.06

The June snapshot of Sparky 2020.06 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.6.14 (5.7.0 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 77.0
• Thunderbird 68.8.1
• LibreOffice 6.4.4.2
• debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• added ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) to be used by Sparky tools
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added RadioStation – a fork of RadioTray-Lite (and Radiotray)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus too)
• added disk autopartitioning, encrypting and lvm support to the Advanced Installer DEV (still experimental)
• Calamares updated up to 3.2.24; changed password strength to a minimum number of digits as possible in Calamares, as requested a few times by our users (can be used 1 digit, but I recommend to use strong password); thanks to lami07
• added lxappearance to MinimalGUI iso (Openbox)

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

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

 

May 2020 donation report

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 June too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Jason A.
€ 20
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Norbert M.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 10
World
Lars G.
€ 20
Netherlands
Rodrigo C.A.
€ 10
Spain
Fernando F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
World
Robert H.
€ 10
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 35
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Germany
Gerhard B.
€ 100
Poland
Jacek P.
PLN 10
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 50
Poland
Damian M.
PLN 25
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
World
William S.
€ 70
World
Alexandre V.
€ 2
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
World
Yvan G.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 100
Poland
Bartosz S.
PLN 50
World
Bob H.
€ 20
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Szymon S.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Lars G.
€ 25
World
John P.
€ 20
Germany
Hendrik P.
€ 10
Total:
€ 395.66
PLN 620
$ 40

* 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.

Sparky news 2020/05

The 5th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.6.15 & 5.7-rc7
• added to repos: Riot-desktop which replaces Riot-web, Xdman, RadioStation (a fork off Radiotray-Lite), Beaker Browser
• Sparky 2020.05 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 2020.05 Special Editions released
• new app: ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) – a very simple terminal emulator (a fork of k3rmit) which will be used by Sparky tools
• new desktop: Openbox Noir – a variant of the Openbox, which provides dark and modern looks and feel of a lightweight desktop; by lami07

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