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Sway

A new desktop has been implemented to APTus AppCenter: Sway

What is Sway

Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3’s features, plus a few extras.

Installation (Sparky 7 only)
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

then install Sway via APTus AppCenter-> Desktops-> Sway icon (recommended way).

It comes with basic configuration and a few tools, such as:
– Alacritty – a terminal emulator for Wayland
– bemenu – lets you launch an application; it can be started via left bottom icon or a shotcut: mod+d
– Swaylock – a desktop lock for Wayland
– Swayidle – an idle management daemon for Wayland
– Xbacklight – a simple utility to set the backlight level
– nmtui – a CLI network manager
– Xwayland – lets you launch some applications from X window server
– and a few small apps

Sway on Sparky 7

It will be configured to Sparky Advanced Installer to let you install it from a Sparky Minimal ISO too.

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sway

TagSpaces

There is a new application available for Sparkers: TagSpaces

What is TagSpaces?

TagSpaces is a free, non-locking, open source application for organizing and managing your local files with the help of tags. It features note taking and some to-do app capabilities. The application is available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Android. We provide a web clipper extension for Firefox and Chrome for easy collecting of online content as local files.

Main features:
– File and folder management – TagSpaces provides a convenient user interface for browsing, viewing and man files and folders.
– File tagging – The application supports two ways for tagging files. The default one embeds the tags directly in the name of the file, the other one uses a so called sidecar files for persisting the tags.
– Searching – The search functionality supports fussy functionality and can filter your locations for files and folders containing one or more tags
– Browser for local content – TagSpaces can be used just as browser for your local photos or navigation thought your local ebook library
– Media player – It supports playing for common audio and video files types and has integrated basic media player functionalities.
– No-Cloud: TagSpaces is running completely offline and serverless on your laptop, desktop or tablet and does not require an internet connection and any kind of online registration or service provider.
– Note Taking – you can create and edit notes in plain text, markdown and html file formats
– To-Do Management – with the help of the build in HTML editor you are able to create simple todo lists in every HTML file.
– Cross-platform: TagSpaces runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and Android
– Web Clipper for saving web pages and screenshots from your browsers is also available as extension for Firefox and Chrome.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tagspaces

TagSpaces

License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tagspaces/tagspaces

 

uGet & KGet Integrators

There are two new tools available for Sparkers: uGet & KGet Integrators

What is uGet?

uGet is a lightweight yet powerful Open Source download manager for GNU/Linux developed with GTK+, which also comes packaged as a portable Windows app.

What is KGet?

KGet is a versatile and user-friendly download manager.

What is uGet Integrator?

Integrate uGet Download Manager with Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Vivaldi and Mozilla Firefox.

What is KGet Integrator?

KGet Integration captures the downloads to download them in KGet. This application is designed for Linux. This work was heavily based on the uGet Integrator. Most changes are the name, variables and icons. Plus the kget-integrator is smaller as KGet supports less features.

uGet Integrator installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install uget-integrator

KGet Integrator installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kget-integrator

uGet

uGet Integrator License: GNU GPLv3
uGet Integrator Web: github.com/ugetdm/uget-integrator

KGet Integrator License: GNU GPLv3
KGet Integrator Web: github.com/NicolasGuilloux/KGet-Integrator

 

QtFM

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: QtFM

What is QtFM?

Lightweight desktop independent Qt file manager for Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and macOS.

Features:
– XDG integration
– Customizable interface
– Powerful custom command system
– Customizable key bindings
– Drag & drop functionality
– Tabs support
– Removable storage support
– System tray daemon
– Extensive thumbnail support

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install qtfm

The package is built and tested on Sparky 5/Debian Buster 64 and 32 bit only.

Make sure this is the first build of QtFM on Sparky so let me know if you find any problem, please.

QtFM

The QtFM GitHub page: github.com/rodlie/qtfm
The project developes: Ole-André Rodlie, Michal Rost, Wittfella; it is licensed under the GNU GPL-2.

 

Lightdm Settings

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Lightdm Settings.

What is Lightdm Settings?
It is a configuration tool for the LightDM display manager.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install lightdm-settings

Lightdm Settings

The Lightdm Settings is borrowed from the Linux Mint project:
github.com/linuxmint/lightdm-settings

The tool has been brought to Sparky by Szymon “lami07”.

 

HowTo: Install JDownloader and synchronize it with Iceweasel

JDownloader is an open-source download manager written in Java.
The last stable version 0.9.x has been released in 2011, but it’s possible to try a testing version of the manager 2.x.

JDownloader Installer package (deb) is in SparkyLinux repository now and can be installed via the package manager: APT, Synaptic or Sparky-APTus-Extra.

The script will download the installer from the project server and will install JDownloader in your operating system.

Installer

Settings

After the installation process is finished you can synchronize JDownloader with Iceweasel web browser via FlashGot plugin. Install the plugin via the web browser plugin manager if you haven’t installed it yet.

FlashGot

Go to the plugin settings if you have installed FlashGot already.
It’s possible that JDowloader will NOT be available to choose as the default download manager.

FlashGot

In a case like that, use “Add” button and type a name for the manager, such as:
“JDownloader-custom”

FlashGot

Now choose the executable file of JDownloader from:

/usr/bin/jdownloader

JDownloader

As the last step go to the “Media FlashGot” tab and choose download manager:
“Default (JDownloader-custom)”.

JDownloader

Now you can close the FlashGot settings window.
JDownloader has been installed and synchronized with the web browser.

Sparky Conky Manager 0.1.6

 

Sparky Conky Manger 0.1.6 is out.
It provides a few small bugs fixing and a new feature: Color changer.

It lets you change the default Conky color via just two clicks.
Colors available: black, blue, gray, green, red, white, yellow.

To get the new conky look you have to update it up to 0.1.6 and reload the Sparky’s Conky configuration file. Then choose your color.

If Conky will not start after choosing a new color, get back to the main menu and start it.

Conky Blue  Conky Gray  Conky Green  Conky Red

 

Conky White  Conky Yellow  Conky Black

 

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