SparkyLinux 3.2 e17, MATE & CLI is out


SparkyLinux 3.2 “Annagerman” Enlightenment, MATE & CLI is out.

New Live/Install media of SparkyLinux 3.2 e17, MATE and CLI features:
– Linux kernel 3.11-2 (3.11.10-1)
– all packages have been upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/12/15
– MATE 1.6
– Enlightenment 0.17.3-2
– PCManFM 1.1.2-1 (e17 desktop)
– added support for installation 32 bit applications on 64 bit systems
– added 32 bit wine package for 64 bit system
– added package curl – it’s a missing depends for PlayOnLinux
– e17 desktop – added packages: sparky-locales, sparky-passwdchange, sparky-timedateset, sparky-users, sparky-xdf
– MATE desktop – added packages: sparky-conky, sparky-locales, sparky-tray
– sparky-aptus has been updated up to version 0.1.6 – added new option ‘Fix Broken DPKG’ – it lets you fix not (or wrong) installed/upgraded packages with ‘dpkg’ tool.

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SparkyLinux 3.1 e17, MATE & Razor-Qt is out


SparkyLinux 3.1 “Annagerman” e17, MATE and Razor-Qt is out.

The new iso images of SparkyLinux providing a few changes and system imrovment, similar to the last week release of Sparky 3.1 LXDE, Ultra and CLI:
– Linux kernel 3.10-3 (3.10.11-1)
– all packages have been updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/10/05
– SparkyBackup-System one more bug fixed (thanks to The Black Pig) – updated up to 0.1.5
– e17 desktop is available as a separated iso image now and it has been updated up to version 0.17.3 from Debian unstable Sid repository
– added Teamviewer client, Sparky APTus, Minitube, Gnote, Osmo, Radiotray and Xfburn

New forum is also available for English speakers.

Known bugs:
– in some cases the live installer “can’t see” any disk (hard/usb) if an USB disk is plugged in


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SparkyLinux 3.0.2 is out


SparkyLinux 3.0.2 “Annagerman” has been released.

Sparky 3.0.2 provides a few important changes, such as:
– sparky-installer bug has been fixed. It did not let to make installation on USB disks before (the final version of Sparky 3.0 “Annagerman”) and did not show any disk (hard/USB) if an USB disk was connected to the computer
– all packages updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/08/07
– added dropbox client
– a few minor improvements

You don’t have to reinstall SparkyLinux if you installed Sparky already on your hard/USB drive.
New iso images can be use to make fresh installation.


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SparkyLinux 3.0 is out


SparkyLinux 3.0 “Annagerman” is out.
Sparky 3.x is built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie”.

The final release of Sparky 3.0 features:
– Linux kernel 3.9.8-1
– all packages updating from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/07/21
– minor bugs fixing
– small improvements of all the desktops
– new Sparky3-theme compatible with GNOME 3.8
– added extra functionality of the CLI edition (former name: Core) – see: How to SparkyLinux CLI

Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux 3.0 :
– CPU i486 / amd64
– RAM memory:
— LXDE/e17, Ultra (Openbox/JWM) Edition: 256MB
— MATE, Razor-Qt Edition: 384MB
— CLI Edition: 128MB
– an optical drive or USB port
– for full installation on a hard drive or flash USB disk:
— LXDE/e17, Ultra, MATE, Razor-Qt: 5GB (10GB recommended)
— CLI: 2GB

Check all changes of Sparky 3.0 edition: Beta1, Beta1 Core, Beta2, RC.

Many thanks for all guys who helped to improve SparkyLinux in any possible way.

Sparky 3.0 LXDE


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SparkyLinux 3.0 RC is out


SparkyLinux 3.0 RC “Annagerman” is out.
Sparky 3.x is built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie”.

The release candidate of Sparky 3 provides a few more changes and system improvement, such as:

1. All packages have been synchronized with Debian testing repos as of 2013/07/06.

2. Linux kernel 3.9-1

3. SparkyBackup-System has additional support for JWM desktop.

4. SparkyBackup-Apss Copy & Recovery has been enhanced and supports 15 apps now: Chromium, Claws-mail, Filezilla, gFTP, Iceape/SeaMonkey, Icedove, Iceweasel/Firefox, Kadu, Licq, Liferea, Opera, Pidgin, QupZilla, Tomboy and XChat.

5. Added new application: “sparky-screenshot” – it’s a simple GUI for “scrot” and it’s preinstalled with Sparky Openbox, JWM and Razor-Qt desktops.

6. Added new application: “sparky-gexec” – this package will install “gexec” and will add the entry to the system menu. Sparky-gExec replaced “gmrun” and it’s preinstalled with Sparky Openbox, JWM and Razor-Qt desktops.

7. “sparky-jwm-exit” provides “yad” based logout, reboot and poweroff dialog window for JWM desktop.

8. QupZilla web browser replaced Chromium at Ultra Edition.

9. Razor-Qt is a new deskop in Sparky family. Razor-Qt is based on Qt freamwork but the Sparky Razor-Qt Edition does not feature any KDE SC applications. It means that SparkyLinux Razor-Qt is as light and fast as the rest of the Sparky editions.
I used Qt based applications everywhere I could.
SparkyLinux Razor-Qt features tools and applications, such as:
– Openbox window manager
– PCManFM file manager (PCManFM-Qt is still too fresh)
– QupZilla web browser
– Claws-mail email & RSS client
– Qmmp audio player (+ extra skins)
– SMPlayer2 (front-end for MPlayer2)
– VLC multimedia player + vlc-mozilla-plugin for web browsers
– Juffed text editor
– Hotot – Twitter client
– Qasmixer
– Quassel IRC client
– Fatrat file transfer client (http, ftp, bittirrent, etc.)
– Licq IM client (MSN, Jabber, AIM, ICQ)
– Qpdfview PDF viewer
– Qcomicbook

10. “gnome-bluetooth” package has been removed – the packege upgrading used to download a lot of extra libs and apps. There is “blueman” preinstaled already for bluetooth managing.

Please test it before the final version will be released and report whatever you find.
Grab the new LXDE/e17, Ultra (Openbox/JWM), MATE, Razor-Qt or Core iso image from our download page.

Thanks go to simarcik for his keyboard (mine is going to burn itself).


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SparkyLinux 3.0 beta2 is out


SparkyLinux 3.0 beta2 “Annagerman” has been released.
Sparky 3.x has been built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie”.

Sparky 3 beta2 provides more changes and system improvements, such as:
1. All packages have been synchronized with Debian testing repos as of 17/06/2013.

2. Added new applications:
– Device Driver Manager –  is a tool to help users installing third-party hardware drivers. Nvidia, ATI and Broadcom drivers can be installed and allows to install the PAE kernel for multi-core 32-bit systems.
– ndisgtk + ndiswrapper – allowing an easy way to install Windows wireless drivers.

3. SparkyCenter bugs fixing and new features:
– version 0.1.4 for LXDE desktop (“sparky-center-lxde” package)
– version 0.1.1 for Ultra edition (“sparky-center-openbox” package)

4. Added Sparky repositories and public key.
To add our repo, simply do:
a. download the Sparky public key:
wget -O - | apt-key add -
b. add new two lines to “/etc/apt/sources.list” file:
deb sparky main
# deb sparky dev

c. refresh packages list:
apt-get update

5. Added a new application “SparkyBackup-System” – it’s a tool which can make a copy of SparkyLinux installation, including personal settings of your desktop and will make a bootable iso image which can be burn on a blank CD/DVD disk or copy on USB stick. SparkyBackup is based on Remastersys and Remastersys-Gui.


6. Next new application is “SparkyBackup-Apps”, which has two modules.
Module one – “SparkyBackup-Apps-Copy” lets make a copy of some applications – supported 3 apps in this moment (next apps soon):
Iceweasel – lets you make a copy of personal settings of Iceweasel/Firefox, such as: bookmarks, plug-ins, add-ons, skins, saved passwords, main password, preferences, etc.
Liferea – lets you to make a copy of all saved RSS chanels
Tomboy – lets you to make a copy of all saved notes.


Module two – “SparkyBackup-Apps-Recovery” lets recover applications settings from a copy you’ve done using “SparkyBackup-Apps-Copy”. SparkyBackup-Apps-Recovery will remove old applications settings (if any exist) and will put new ones from a copy.

SparkyBackup-Apps is a supplement of SparkyBackup-System, which lets you recover personal settings of applications after the system reinstallation or a computer break down.

7. SparkyLinux “Ultra” provides the next change.
New iso image features two desktops now:
– ultra light and customized Openbox
– ultra light JWM with a traditional look of the desktop

SparkyLinux JWM

To change the Live system desktop beetwen LXDE and e17 or JWM and Openbox, just log out and log in back.
Live system user: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

Please test new iso images and new features and report any bug at our forum.
Grab the new LXDE/e17, Ultra (Openbox/JWM), MATE or Core iso image from download page.

Thanks go to:
– MoroS for Sparky repository
– MiroZarta for new wallpaper


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SparkyLinux 2.1.1 MATE Edition is out


It’s available new iso images of SparkyLinux 2.1.1 “Eris” MATE Edition.

On the beginning of April, the MATE team published new version of MATE environment 1.6.
SparkyLinux 2.1 MATE Edition features MATE 1.4. It can be a little difficult to make clear upgrade of MATE, so I decided to make new iso images, which provide full system updates.

What’s new:
– Linux kernel 3.2.41
– MATE 1.6 updated from MATE project’s repos
– rest of packages have been updated from Debiana testing repos of 24/04/2013

If you already updated SparkyLinux 2.1 MATE with no problems, just ignor this message.
If you found problems, backup your personal data and make fresh system installation overwriting the old one.


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SparkyLinux 2.1 “Eris” is out


I am happy to announce the final versions of SparkyLinux “Eris” 2.1 e17/LXDE, 2.1 MATE Edition and update of 2.1.1 Ultra Edition.

Iso images provides bugs fixing, updates and new features. All new images of SparkyLinux “Eris” have been synchronised between themselves, and all packages upgraded from Debian testing repos of 15/03/2013.

New live system provides:
– Linux kernel 3.2.39-2
– minor bugs fixing
– live system works on USB stick fixing
– full system installation on USB stick
– new set of wallpapers

Live system’s user name is: live
password: live

Many thanks for new default’s system’s wallpapers for Kynes.

If you downloading via BitTorrent, please seed.

SparkyLinux 2.1 LXDE


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SparkyLinux – full USB stick installation


SparkyLinux has gotten a new functionality – full installation on USB stick.
It means that you can do “normal” system installation, similar to the hard drive installation.
Key features:
– don’t need to cut your hard drive any more
– it’s possible to save your personal files, perform system upgrades, install new apps – everything on USB stick
– the USB system (for me) is still fast and light

The feature is available at coming SparkyLinux 2.1 rc “Eris” LXDE/e17 and any next one.

How to install SparkyLinux on Pen/Flash Drive?
1. You need 8GB USB stick (minimum) for “Eris” edition.
2. Read SparkyLinux 2.x hard drive installation guide.
The USB installation is in 90 % exactly the same as hard drive installation.
3. Put your attention on a few points of installation process:

§ 10. Choose USB disk (for example: /dev/sdb) instead of hard drive disk (/dev/sda).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 11. Preper minimum two partitions on USB drive for:
– / – root dir
– swap partition
You can make one more partition for”/home” folder.

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 12. Choose partition for SWAP on USB drive (sdb2).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 13. Choose root partition on USB drive too (sdb1).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 18. The most important – GRUB bootloader destination – “rootmbr”.

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 20. Check all settings for new installation:
– partition “sdb1” (!) will be formatted for root file system
– GRUB will be installed to the mbr of root partition of “sdb1” (!)

After installation finished reboot your machine and start it from USB drive.

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SparkyLinux 2.1 RC “Eris” MATE Edition


SparkyLinux 2.1 RC “Eris” MATE Edition is out.

The system is built as all 2.x releases on Debian testing “Wheezy”.

Changes between 2.1 MATE beta1 and RC:
– SparkyLinux 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1 MATE beta 1 (Live) contain an error that prevents wireless network configuration, partition mounting and switching between Live desktops (e17/LXDE and Ultra Fluxbox/Openbox 2.1 rc). The error is active when you run the iso from USB stick.
2.1 RC MATE is free of the error so it means that hybrid iso will be working now well from DVD media and USB drive.
– all packages have been upgraded as usually from Debian testing repo
– Opera web browser’s public key has been added – Opera can be installed now via package manager
– added ConkyEdit menu activator
– added new LaGaDesk-BlackWhite icon set – it’s not default
– 64 bit version is available too
– removed two problematic packages (64bit only) (Ultra)

If you downloading via BitTorrent, please seed – I have limited access to the network.

Many thanks for:
– MATE Edition beta 1 testing and bugs reporting for everyone and
– new icon set and consulting for Albedo 0.64

SparkyLinux 2.1 MATE


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