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Sparky 2020.02 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2020.02 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue have been released. It is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes:
• system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of February 16, 2020
• Calamares 3.2.18 + kpmcore 3.3.0
• Firefox 73.0
• LibreOffice 6.4.1-rc1
• Linux kernel 5.4.13 as default (5.5.4 & 5.6-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
• GCC 10 compiler is installed, alongside to GCC 9 (default)
• vokoscreen replaced by vokoscreen-ng
• camorama replaced by cheese
• removed packages from Multimedia iso: composite, hydrogen, videocut, phatch
• added packages to Multimedia iso: MystiQ
• added the new Sparky public key

System reinstallation is not required, install the new Sparky public key as follows:

wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

and make full system upgrade.

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

 

MystiQ

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: MystiQ

What is MystiQ?

MystiQ is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. MystiQ features an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you convert media files within a few clicks. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters in detail.

Installation (Debian “Buster”/”Bullseye” / Sparky “Nibiru”/”Po Tolo” amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mystiq

or via APTus-> VideoTools.

MystiQ

The project page at GitHub: github.com/llamaret/MystiQ
The project founder is Maikel Llamaret Heredia.
License: GNU General Public License 3

 
There is also a new video player called Celluloid added to APTus-> VideoPlayers, but it comes from Debian tesitng repos.

 

Stremio

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Stremio

What is Stremio?

Stremio is a one-stop hub for video content aggregation. Discover, organize and watch video from all kind of sources on any device that you own.
Movies, TV shows, series, live television or web channels like YouTube and Twitch.tv – you can find all this on Stremio.

Features
– Easily discover new movies, TV shows, series and channels to watch. Browse by category, genre, rating, recency, etc.
– All of your video content on one screen
– Organize your video library
– Keep track of everything you watch
– Enjoy your video content on a bigger screen
– Watch video from many different sources

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install stremio

or via APTus-> VideoPlayer.

Stremio

The project page at GitHub: github.com/Stremio/stremio-shell
It is a free and open source application, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3.

 

ElectronPlayer

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: ElectronPlayer

What is ElectronPlayer?

An Electron Based Web Video Services Player. Supporting Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, Floatplane, Hulu And More. It is the successor to Netflix-Desktop.

Features
– Multiple Streaming Services Support (JSON Configuration to add extra)
– Adblock
– Always On Top Window
– Set Startup Page (Any Service or Remember Last Opended Page)
– Frameless Window
– Rough Mac Picture in Picture Support (Floating Window, Above All Desktop and Fullscreen Applications)
– Full Screen Window on Startup

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install electronplayer

The ElectronPlayer been tested on Debian “Bullseye”/Sparky “Po Tolo” only, but should work on the stable line too.

ElectronPlayer

The project page at GitHub: github.com/oscartbeaumont/ElectronPlayer
Author: Oscar Beaumont
It is a free and open source application, released under the MIT License.

 

Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 10, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.10 & 5.4-rc7 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Rescue edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu-rescue
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue available to download. Sparky ‘Po Tolo’ follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of August 7, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.19.37
– Calamares installer 3.2.11
– new Sparky6 theme
– new Tela icon set
– refreshed desktop look

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions is available as follows:
– GameOver 64bit Xfce
– Multimedia 64bit Xfce
– Rescue 32 & 64bit Openbox

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images of Sparky “Po Tolo” can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 5.7 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.7 “Nibiru” special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are available to download. Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

The latest iso images follow changes implemented at the Sparky 5.7, and offer additional small changes, such as:
– system updated from Debian testing repos as of March 11, 2019
– a password strength in Calamares installer changed from 8 to 6 signs (minimum)
– torrent files use the DistroWatch tracker as default now (thank’s a lot), but can be found at LinuxTracker service too, as before

System reinstallation is not required. If you have Sparky 5.x installed, simply make full system upgrade to be working in the latest version.

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

Sparky 5.6.1 Special Editions

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.6.1 “Nibiru” GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue available to download. Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes:
– system updated from Debian testing repos as of January 2, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.20.0
– the Calamares installer 3.2.1
– added Sparky new repos configuration
– /etc/shadow has right owner and chmod in live session and after installing Sparky on a hard drive now
– added packages: xfce4-notifyd, xfce4-power-manager, sparky-fileopen
– thunar daemon is enabled as default
– many other small fixes

32 bit iso images are shipped with Linux kernel i686-pae.

System reinstallation is not required. If you have Sparky 5.x installed, simply install the latest version of ‘sparky-apt’ package, then make full system upgrade to be working in the latest version.

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

Sparky 5.5 Special Editions

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.5 “Nibiru” GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue available to download. Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

This is a quarterly update of Sparky of the rolling line which features changes such as:
– system updated from Debian testing repos as of September 24, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.18.6 (4.18.9 & 4.19-rc5 sparky are available at Sparky “unstable” repos)
– the Calamares installer updated up to version 3.2.1
– Thunar daemon is deactiveted in live session, due to problem of automounting new partitions created by Calamares
– removed packages: libpam-gnome-keyring, vim, systemd-ui
– added new packages: seahorse, rxvt-unicode
– the Calamares and Advanced Installer remove Cryptsetup packages now (Calamares removes the packages if the system is not installed on an encrypted disk/partition)
– small fixes

No system reinstallation is required, simply do full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

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

 

Sparky 5.4 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.4 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out. Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

This is a quarterly update of Sparky of the rolling line which provides changes such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 17, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.16.12 (4.17.2 & 4.18-rc1 are available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.12
– added packages: xinit (provides “startx” command)
– removed packages: gksu
– Firefox ESR removed and replaced by the latest Firefox 60.0.2
– Java web plugin removed; most modern web browsers don’t support the plugin any more
– slightly refreshed appearance of the Tint2 panel
– the default terminal emulator has been changed from XTerm to LXterminal
– added a new, small tool to the panel: Sparky Dashboard which displays all installed applications inside of Yad based fullscreen window

No system reinstallation is required, simply do full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

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

Known issues:
– possible problem with unmounting the live system squashfs if running inside of a virtual machine – ignore, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

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