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Sparky 2020.12 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2020.12 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of December 17, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.9.11 (5.10.1 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.34 + kpmcore 4.2.0
• APTus replaced by APTus AppCenter RC1
• added ‘sparky-www’ – it is a small package, which provides a custom Sparky’s start page, powered by DuckDuckGo, to your favorite web browser; the start page is located at /opt/sparky/index.html and has to be loaded manually to a web browser, after installing the package
• Firefox 84.0
• Thunderbird 78.5.1
• LibreOffice 7.0.3
• VLC 3.0.11
• Exaile 4.1.0 beta1
• Python 3.9 is the default one, and libpython3.8 is still installed
• python2.x & libpython2.x removed

GameOver edition:
• removed packages: snowballz, xblast-tnt

Multimedia edition:
• removed packages: jack, jack-mixer, volti, k3d, lilypond

Rescue edition:
• added packages: iotop, rescuezilla
• removed packages: disk-manager, system-config-lvm

According to all the applications which can be installed via the the Sparky APTus AppCenter, the System Kernel section lets you install/reinstall Linux kernels of Debian, Liquorix, XanMod and Sparky. If you looking for a RealTime Linux kernel, simply install XanMod RT Stable or RT Edge (latest) kernel.

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:
sparky-upgrade

or via apt:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Simplest Studio

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Simplest Studio

What is Simplest Studio?

Simplest Studio is an application that allows you optimize and convert audio files. The following encoding modes are implemented: FLAC, WAV, DFF**, MP3.
** for use this format need to installed utility ‘sacd-extract’.

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install simplest-studio

or via APTus-> Audio Editors-> Simplest Studio icon.

Simplest Studio

Copyright (C) 2020 Oleg Kozhukharenko
License: GNU GPL v.3
Web: github.com/SimplestStudio

 

FFQueue

There is a new application available for Sparkers: FFQueue

What is FFQueue?

FFQueue is (yet another) graphical user interface for FFMpeg with comprehensive support for both the basic features but also the more advanced features like filtergraphs. FFQueue makes it easy to create multiple jobs and process them as a single queue.
FFQueue can sort out the most significant output from FFMpeg and display it in the graphical console and save it to a HTML-based (color coded) logfile for easy review when the queue has been processed.

Installation (Sparky stable & testing amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install ffqueue

or via APTus-> VideoTool-> FFQueue icon.

FFQueue

Copyright (C) Torben Bruchhaus
License: GNU GPL v3
Web: ffqueue.bruchhaus.dk

 

Ciano

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Ciano

What is Ciano?

A multimedia file converter focused on simplicity. Convert videos, music and pictures with the best possible experience.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install ciano

or via APTus-> VideoTools-> Ciano icon.

Ciano

Author: Robert San
License: GNU General Public License 3.0
GitHub: github.com/robertsanseries/ciano

 

Sparky 2020.08 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2020.08 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 24, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.10 (5.8.3 & 5.9-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
• added Memory Test and Hardware Detection to the live config
• installed qt5ct + added qt5ct config to Openbox & Xfce desktops
• GCC 9 removed; the default compiler is GCC 10 now
• Xfce 4.14
• Firefox 79.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.1~rc1
• VLC 3.0.11
• Calamares 3.2.24
• removed packages from GameOver iso: balder2d, crrcsim, flare, frozen-bubble
• added new packages to GameOver iso: gamemode
• small improvements

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Sparky 2020.05 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2020.05 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• upgrade from Debian testing repos as of May 11, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.6.7 (5.6.12 & 5.7-rc5 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.23
• added additional support of Sparky installation on UEFI machines with Secure Boot: the live system should be launched with Secure Boot off as before; but after installation the Secure Boot can be turned on; both installers: Calamares and Sparky’s Advanced provides support of such installation
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active Internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation
• added new packages to all iso images: ‘pulseaudio-module-bluetooth’ and ‘fuse3’ insead of ‘fuse’; thanks to Richard
• replaced ‘ktsuss’ by ‘sparky-su’ which is used by ‘sparky-aptus-upgrade-checker’ link
• Multimedia edition – removed packages: idjc, radiotray, camorama, hydrogen, phatch, ffado-mixer-qt4, flowblade, gscreenshot
• Rescue edition – removed packages: redobackup, gscreenshot; edded packages: xfce4-screenshooter
• GameOver edition – removed packages: holdingnuts

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Xdman

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Xdman.

What is Xdman?

Xdman (XDM, Xtreme Download Manager) is a powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%, save and convert streaming videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Google Video and thousands of other websites, resume broken/dead downloads and schedule downloads.

XDM seamlessly integrates with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox Quantum, Opera, Vivaldi and many popular browsers, to take over downloads and saving streaming videos from web.

XDM has built in video converter which lets you convert downloaded videos to popular MP4 and MP3 formats.

Support for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, DASH, HLS, HDS protocols, firewalls, proxy servers, PAC scripts, file redirects, cookies, authorization, download queue, scheduler and many more feature makes XDM a very useful tool

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install xdman

or via APTus-> FileTransfer-> Xdman.

Xdman

The project page at GitHub : github.com/subhra74/xdm
The project founder: Subhra Das Gupta
License: GNU GPL 2.0

 

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.

 

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