There is a new tool available for Sparkers: jgmenu.

What is jgmenu?

A simple, independent and contemporary-looking X11 menu, designed for scripting, ricing and tweaking.

It is hackable and has a simple code base. It does not depend on any toolkits such as GTK and Qt, but uses cairo and pango to render the menu.

It can optionally use some appearance settings from XSettings, tint2 and GTK.

Due to changes in the Debian testing repositories, the Obmenu and Obmenu-generator is not available and can not be installed on Debian/Sparky testing any more, so…
The ‘jgmenu’ provides a pipemenu to the Sparky 6 Openbox edition instead of the two menu apps mentioned before.

Installation (vanilla):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install jgmenu

Installation (with Sparky configuration):

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt install jgmenu

then run APTus-> Desktop-> Openbox to reinstall the Openbox settings to the latest ones.


The project page :
The project founder: Johan Malm
License: GNU GPL 2.0


Openbox Menu Generator


I’ve been playing with the obmenu-generator for a while to have a look into that.

The menu looks and works great, so I decided to move it to Sparky’s Openbox Editon instead of the standard Debian menu.
It gives options to build a static or dynamical menu, with or without icons.


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install obmenu-generator

It needs ‘sparky-editor’ package, version => 0.1.7.

Installation of the ‘obmenu-generator’ package will install all needed dependencies, and will set the new menu automatically. The older menu will be moved from the file:
to the backup file:
if you’d like to restore the older menu back.

It also set the static menu with icons as default.
It can be changed via the pipe menu after installation as you wish.


How to change weather location – Ultra Edition


SparkyLinux Ultra Edition has preconfigured weather location in its menu for Warsaw, Poland.

If you’d like to change it for your place do:

1. Find your location at

2. Copy the code from the link ( for example for London, United Kingdom is UKXX0085 ).

3. Open menu Config-> ObMenu-> Weather and change PLXX0028 for your code.

4. Restart Openbox.
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