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SparkyLinux 4.4 is out

New, updated live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.4 “Tyche” are available to download now.

As before, Sparky “Home” editions provide fully featured operating system based on the Debian ‘testing’, with desktops of your choice: LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce.

Changes between versions 4.3 and 4.4:
– full system upgrade as of August 15, 2016
– Linux kernel 4.6.4 (4.7.1-sparky is available in Sparky repos, see howto)
– firefox 45.3.0.ESR (firefox 48 is available in Sparky repos)
– calamares is available (but not default yet) in our repos
– new default theme called ‘Numix-SX’
– added new desktops to MinimalISO and APTus: Lumina, Trinity and PekWM
– ‘tint2’ panel replaced by ‘fbpanel’ in the MinimalGUI iso images
– added ‘rootactions-servicemenu’ to the Dolphin file manager in the KDE edition
– added short key which runs a terminal emulator in the MinimalGUI edition (Super+t)
– added an option which lets you install a PDF viewer, to the ‘sparky-office’ tool
– Midori web browser replaced by NetSurf in the MinimalGUI edition
– the ‘sparky-firstrun’ which lets you fully upgrade the system and install missing language packages has been fixed
– the ‘sparkylinux-installer’ – a part of ‘sparky-backup-core’ tool refreshes package list itself and installs the latest desktop settings in the MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI editions
– added Vivaldi and NetSurf web browsers to Sparky repos
– improved Wiki pages

The Sparky Advanced Installer runs on MinimalGUI or MinimalCLI iso image lets you install the base system with a minimal set of applications and a desktop of your choice, such as: awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME Flashback, GNOME Shell, i3, IceWM, JWM, KDE Plasma 5, Lumina, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Pantheon, PekWM, Trinity, Window Maker, Xfce.

It also lets you choose a web browser to be installed: Chromium, Dillo, Epiphany, Firefox (esr or latest), Konqueror, Midori, NetSurf, QupZilla, SeaMonkey, TOR Browser, Vivaldi.

The installation of a desktop of your choice via the Advanced Installer is possible only if your network connection is on (online installation). Otherwise, the Advanced Installer installs the Live system as it is.

Read the MinimalISO how to https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/minimal

ISO images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from the download page:
https://sparkylinux.org/download

Sparky ISO images verification how to: https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/verify_iso

Known issues: login screen failed, see how to fix it.

 

SparkyLinux 4.3 is out

4 sparky 4.3 teraz

New, updated iso images of SparkyLinux 4.3 “Tyche” are available now.
As before, Sparky “Home” editions provide fully featured operating system based on the Debian ‘testing’, with desktops of your choice: LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce.

Changes between version 4.2 and 4.3:
– full system upgrade as of April 24, 2016
– Linux kernel 4.5.1
– Iceweasel web browser replaced by Firefox
– Turpial microblogging client replaced by Corebird
– APTus 0.3.x with an option of installation a set of pre-configured desktops: https://sparkylinux.org/aptus-0-3-0/
– Ceni network manager changed by Network Manager in the CLI edition; the manual network configuration can be done via the ‘nmtui’ command
– openjdk and icedtea-plugin updated to version 8.x
– LibreOffice 5.1.2
– gstreamer0.10 completely removed, the system uses only gstreamer1.0 now
– Exaile audio player (based on gstreamer0.10) replaced by Audacious
– Gnome-Screenshot changed by Gscreenshot
– all the iso images are signed with the GPG key, check how to verify Sparky images:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/verify_iso

“Base Openbox” and “CLI” editions changed their names to: MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI. They feature upgraded Sparky Advanced Installer, which lets you install the base system with a minimal set of applications and a desktop of your choice, such as:
– awesome
– bspwm
– Budgie
– Cinnamon
– Enlightenment
– Fluxbox
– GNOME Flashback
– GNOME Shell
– i3
– IceWM
– JWM
– KDE Plasma 5
– LXDE
– LXQt
– MATE
– Openbox
– Pantheon
– Window Maker
– Xfce

Find screenshots of all available Sparky desktops at:
https://sparkylinux.org/4-3-minimaliso-screenshots/

The installation of a desktop of your choice via the Advanced Installer is possible only if your network connection is on (online installation). Otherwise, the Advanced Installer installs the Live system as it is.

* Make sure that the Sparky Advanced Installer lets you install a desktop of your choice using the MinimaGUI or MinimalCLI iso images only. Using the Advanced Installer in the Home editions will install the Live system as it is.

ISO images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from the download page:
https://sparkylinux.org/download

Known issues:
* The Pantheon desktop needs to be chosen in the LightDM window instead of the default session at first login.

 

Sparky 4.x MinimalISO installations screenshots

awesome
awesome
bspwm
bspwm
Budgie
Budgie Desktop
Common Desktop Environment
CDE
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Deepin
Deepin
Enlightenment
Enlightenment
Fluxbox
Fluxbox
GNOME Flashback
GNOME Flashback
GNOME Shell
GNOME Shell
i3
i3
IceWM
IceWM
JWM
JWM
KDE Plasma 5
KDE Plasma 5
Lumina
Lumina
LXDE
LXDE
LXQt
LXQt
Pantheon
Pantheon
MATE
MATE
Openbox
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PekWM
PekWM
Trinity
Trinity (TDE)
Window Maker
Window Maker

 
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3 more desktops

 

Keep working with the minimal installation tool, I have added 3 more desktops to the 6 existing ones:
– Fluxbox
– MATE
– Xfce

So the ‘Sparky Advanced Installer’ lets you install 9 desktops now: Budgie, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, JWM, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox & Xfce with a very small set of applications.

There is no a new iso image, so if you’d like to test the new added desktops, simply use the existing Sparky 4.3-dev1 iso images: download/development/

Install the latest version of the ‘sparky-backup-core’ tool (version 20160225 or above), in the live system:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core

Then run the Sparky Advenced Installer normally and test new desktops.

Sparky + Fluxbox

 

SparkyLinux 4.2

 

New iso images of SparkyLinux 4.2 “Tyche” are ready to go.
Sparky 4 is based on and fully compatible with Debian testing “Stretch”.

This is the second update of Live/Install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.x, which provides a some changes and improvements, such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of December 15, 2015
– Linux kernel 4.2.0 (4.2.6)
– Enlightenment 0.20.0 (0.20.1 is available in our repos)
– KDE Plasma 5.4.3
– LXDE 0.99.0-2
– LXQt 0.10.0-2
– MATE 1.10.2
– Openbox 3.6.1-2
– Xfce 4.12.2
– Iceweasel 38.2.1esr
– Icedove 38.4
– LibreOffice 5.0.4 rc1
– Wine 1.8 rc3
– removed KDE/KWin based packages, the system uses Openbox window manager only and applications based on Qt and GTK libs (LXQt edition)
– a small issue which did not let loading the default Sparky wallpaper has been fixed (KDE 64 bit edition)
– the live-installer supports auto login via SDDM in the target system (KDE edition)
– due to removing a dependency from Debian testing repository for ‘mintstick’ tool, it has been replaced by Sparky USB Live Creator, which is a GUI front-end to ‘dd’, and another (new) tool Sparky USB Formatter
– ‘boot-repair’ tool has been removed from iso images, but it is still available in the Sparky repository and on the iso images of the Sparky Rescue Edition
– ‘xfce4-mixer plugin’ has been replaced by ‘pulseaudio-plugin’ (Xfce edition)
– general cleaning and removing obsolete packages
– localizationing Sparky tools
– TOR Messenger – a multi messenger (IM), which uses the TOR network as default, is available in Sparky repository now
– removed all old Sparky wallpapers from the live iso images, and the default wallpapers has been slightly modified, depends of a Sparky edition
– added small application called “Sparky First Run”
– added ‘menulibre’ package (Xfce edition)
– added new tool ‘obmenu-generator’, which can generate a static or dynamic pipe menu and ‘xfdashboard’ tool (Openbox edition)

The latest poll has told, which Sparky edition is not to popular, so the two editions have been dropped: JWM and CLI.

Most Sparky tools have been re-configured and they use a simple localization system now. All of them use English and Polish language packages, and many of them, thank’s to our community members, use other localizations now. The present status and files to be (still) translated are available at our Wiki page:
wiki/doku.php/locales

Many thanks go to, for the translations:
– AKAS (Arabic)
– Pete B. (German)
– Carlo Troiani (Italian)
– Claudio Cesar de Sá (Brazilian Portuguese)
– Johnny Rosenberg (Swedish)
– and John Wilkins for checking and fixing my pure English.

If you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard drive, make full system upgrade via ‘System Upgrade’, Synaptic or manually:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f

Users of the Enlightenment edition should read upgrade post, if would like to upgrade e19 to e20:
enlightenment-0-20

The ISO images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from the download page

SparkyLinux

More screenshots of Sparky 4.2: screenshots

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim:
https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-4-2/

 

SparkyLinux 4.1

New iso images of SparkyLinux 4.1 are ready to go.
Sparky 4 is based on and fully compatible with Debian testing “Stretch”.

It’s the first update of SparkyLinux 4.x, which provides a few important changes, such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of 27/28 Sep 2015
– Linux kernel 4.1.6
– GCC 5.2.1
– systemd 226
– Plasma Desktop 5
– LibreOffice 5.0.1

Other changes:
– ‘Base’ Edition – ‘lxpolkit’ has been replaced by ‘policykit-1-gnome’
– deprecated Flash Player plugin removed – still can be installed via Sparky-Codecs tool or Synaptic
– added new package: ecryptfs-utils

The iso images are available in a few flavors, such as :
Full Edition – full set of applications for daily usage, wireless drivers, multimedia codecs and plugins:
– LXDE (lxde-common 0.99.0)
– LXQt (lxqt-common 0.9.1)
– KDE (Plasma Desktop 5.4.1)
– MATE 1.10.2
– Xfce 4.12.1

Base Edition – only the base system, lightweight desktop, wireless drivers and a few applications:
– Enlightenment 0.19.11
– JWM 2.1.0
– Openbox 3.6.1

CLI Edition – (Command Line Interface) – core system, wireless drivers and a few, text mode applications.
If you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard drive, make full system upgrade via ‘System Upgrade’ or Synaptic, or manually if you like:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f

Users of KDE edition should install ‘plasma-desktop’ package as well.

If the upgrade made some problems for you, I suggest to backup your personal data and make fresh Sparky installation.

Iso images of Sparky can be downloaded from the download page

Thank’s for voting and your feedback which have been left at the last pull.
Next SparkyLinux 4.2 images are expected on the end of December 2015.

Known issues:
– there is Plasma 5 wallpaper loaded as default in KDE 64 bit edition, instead of Sparky’s wallpaper 🙁
– the live installer’s autologin option doesn’t work in the KDE edition.

If you like Sparky, don’t forget to send small tip to keep Sparky alive.

 

SparkyLinux 4.0

 

I am happy to announce SparkyLinux 4.0 code name “Tyche”.
Sparky 4 is based on and fully compatible with Debian 9 testing “Stretch”.

The new iso images feature a set of applications for daily usage, wireless drivers, multimedia codecs and plugins, and they are available in a few flavors, such as :
– LXDE
– LXQt
– KDE
– MATE
– Xfce

Following Wikipedia, “Tyche” – the new Sparky 4 code name means:

Tyche is the nickname given to a hypothetical gas giant located in the Solar System’s Oort cloud. Tyche (Τύχη, meaning “fortune” or “luck” in Greek) was the Greek goddess of fortune and prosperity.

The most important changes between Sparky 3.6 and 4.0 :
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of 22/06/2015
– Linux kernel 4.0.5
– added support for the system installation on 32 bit machines with UEFI motherboard
– Razor-Qt Edition has been dropped
– added two new editions: KDE and LXQt
– system rebranding, see HowTo: sparky-rebranding
– new flat theme “Sparky4” and a set of icons “Ultra-Flat-Icons”
– added Pipelight repository and the public key
– Gnome-Alsamixer has been replaced by Pulse Audio Mixer (LXDE & LXQt editions)
– Mplayer2, Gnome-player and Gecko-player have been removed
– VLC is the default video player now
– added vlc-mozilla-plugin for Iceweasel

Sparky APTus features a few new options:
– Liquorix kernel installation
– i686-pae kernel installation for 32 bit systems
– office suite installation (via ‘sparky-office’ package):
— AbiWord & Gnumeric
— Calligra
— LibreOffice
— MS Office OnLine (Menu shortcuts)
— OpenOffice
— WPS Office

Sparky APTus Extra has gotten options to let you install Google Chrome and Google Earth.

Sparky LXQt features two window managers of your choice:
– lightweight Openbox
– Kwin which lets you enable 2D and 3D desktop’s visual effects
To swith to KWin, go to: Menu-> Preferences-> LXQt Settings-> Session Settings
Then log out and log in back.

32 bit edition of SparkyLinux features Linux kernel i586 NON-PAE.
If you would like to install i686-pae kernel, you can do it via Sparky APTus-> Install tab-> Install i686-PAE Kernel. Just remember to refresh package list before.

Starting from Sparky 4.0, the live images offer support for installation the system on 32 bit machines with UEFI motherboard.
As an addition, all the traditional ‘grub-efi’ files have been removed from the live iso images and replaced by own, custom ‘efi.img’ files built by MoroS using his custom script.

The new iso images can be used to make fresh system installation.
In a case of any problem with the default installer (live-installer), try the older one (Bios machines only) via Menu-> System-> SparkyLinux (Old) Installer or launch it via the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
or (text mode):
sudo sparkylinux-installer
If you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard drive, make full system upgrade via ‘System Upgrade’ tool, Synaptic or manually:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f

Users of Sparky 3.6 (and older) should install ‘sparky-core’ package as well:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-core

Users of Sparky 4.0 RC should make full system upgrade.

Users of Sparky 4.0 RC KDE can fix the layout of the default Sparky’s window’s theme:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove sparky-theme-root-kde
sudo apt-get install sparky-theme-root sparky-kde-colors

Then open KDE System Settings-> Application Appearance-> Colors and choose Sparky.

Minimum system requirements to install SparkyLinux:
* CPU i586 / amd64
* RAM memory:
– LXDE, LXQt – 256MB (recommended 512MB or bigger)
– MATE, Xfce – 512MB (recommended 1GB)
– KDE – 1GB (recommended 2GB)
* 512MB SWAP partition or bigger
* 10GB of hard drive or flash USB stick for installation
* an optical drive or USB port

The Live/Install iso images of Sparky 32 and 64 bit can be downloaded from download page.

SparkyLinux LXDE

 
Other Sparky’s Editions “Base”, “CLI” and “GameOver” will be released soon as well.

 
Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim-> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-4-0

 

SparkyLinux 3.6 LXDE, MATE, Razor-Qt & Xfce

 

I am happy to announce the fourth and the last this year iso images of SparkyLinux 3.6 “Annagerman” LXDE, MATE, Razor-Qt and Xfce. At the beginning, I’d like to thank to all of our small but strong community members for their help with searching and solving bugs and problems.

SparkyLinux 3.6 provides (as usual) all packages updating, some bug fixing and small improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-2)
– xfce 4.10.1
– lxde-common 0.99.0
– razor-qt 0.5.2-4
– mate 1.8.1
– openbox 3.5.2-8
– grub 2.02~beta2
– Twitter’s microblogging client Hotot replaced by Turpial (Hotot is not under development any more)
– the new wallpaper ‘Vortex’ by LiquidSky64
– Sparky Conky Manager updated up to version 0.1.7 having a new applet of battery status

System has been synchronized with Debian “testing” repository as of 03/12/2014.

Added new apps:
– sparky-aptus-upgrade (System Upgrade) – small (recommended) tool for system upgrading
– sparky-systemd-ui – a metapackage which gives you an access to systemd settings as root

Removed packages:
– sparky-tray
– old, deprecated mate packages of 1.4 & 1.6

The Live system is available in English only.
You can choose any localization during the hard drive’s installation process.

Use the new iso images to perform fresh Sparky installation.
If you have Sparky installed already on your hard drive, make full system upgrade (as root):
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install -f
reboot

In a case of any problem visit our forums.

New iso images of SparkyLinux for 32 and 64 bit machines can be downloaded from our download page. Following changes in Debian testing, the 32 bit kernel is targeted for i586 (non-pae) machines now.

SparkyLinux

New wallpapers can be downloaded from our account on sourceforge.

Other Sparky 3.6 editions will be released soon.

Known problems:
– the live installer does not configure Plymouth (preinstalled)

To fix it, after installation edit ‘grub’ config file:
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
and change the line from:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet"
to:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
then:
sudo update-grub

 
Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-6-lxde-mate-razor-qt-xfce

 

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