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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.

Sparky 5.3 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.3 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out.
Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.

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 of all editions:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of March 22, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.15.4 (4.15.12-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.12
– added packages to support btrfs & xfs file systems
– added new tool for cleaning your system from old files and configs: bleachbit
– gdebi has been removed; local stored debs can be installed via APTus-> Install-> Install package
– many small fixes and improvements
– cleaning from old file’s configs

Changes in Sparky Advanced Installer:
– changed the first window info to let you quit and update the installer
– cut off efi and swap partitions from the partition list, after choosing them
– fixed locales configuration in gui mode

No system reinstallation is required, simply make 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.

Sayonara Player

There is a new app available for Sparkers: Sayonara Player.

Sayonara is a small, clear and fast audio player for Linux written in C++, supported by the Qt framework. It uses GStreamer as audio backend. Sayonara is open source and uses the GPLv3 license. One of Sayonara’s goals is intuitive and easy usablility. Currently, it is only available for Linux.

Main features:
– Many supported music and playlist formats
– Media library with search function
– Directory view
– External device support
– Genre organization
– Playlist view organized by tabs
– Dynamic playback

It can be installed from Sparky repository via Synaptic or apt commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sayonara

Sayonara

 

Sparky 5.2 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.1 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out.
Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.

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 of all editions:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of January 3, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.14.7 (4.14.12-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.12
– the full disk encryption option has been activated in Calamares, so Sparky can be installed now on an encrypted disk
– PCManFM file manager replaced by Thunar
– USB disks are mounted automatically now

Changes in Multimedia edition:
– mypaint has been removed – makes conflict with libmypaint, which is a dependency to opentoonz

Changes in Rescue edition:
– zypper has been removed – old librpm makes conflict with newer one

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’s squashfs if running inside a virtual machine – ignore, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

MotionBox

There is a new application available for Sparkers: MotionBox.

From the project page:

MotionBox is a Video Browser for Motion Freedom.
Built to access and traverse decentralized video sources.
Built to load and play multiple video resources.

MotionBox accesses videos directly via DuckDuckGo.
It streams Torrents, Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and SoundCloud.
All of this inside multiple tabs and without ever showing an ad.

MotionBox can be installed from Sparky repository via Synaptic or apt commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install motionbox

If you have any problem with running the app, try to run it in a terminal emulator via the command:
motionbox
and provide an output to our forums, please.

MotionBox

 

Sparky 5.1 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.1 “Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out.
Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.

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 between version 5.0 and 5.1:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of October 2, 2017
– Linux kernel 4.12.13 as default (4.13.4-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo; and Liquorix kernel can be installed via APTus-> Install)
– Calamares 3.1.5 as the default system installer
– a live system’s memtest86+ issue has been fixed
– gcc 6 removed from the live media; the default compiler is gcc 7
– obmenu-generator updated up to version 0.80, what speeded up launching the menu with svg icons
– added new tool for installing a web browser: Sparky Web Browser Installer

No system reinstallation is required. If you have Sparky up to 4.5 or 5.0 installed on your hard drive, simply make 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 the download/rolling page.

Exaile 4.0.0 beta2

There is a new version of Exaile 4.0.0-beta2 available for Sparkers.

Exaile: Music Player for GTK+
Simple interface. Powerful music management. Smart Playlists. Advanced track tagging. Automatic album art. Lyrics. Streaming Radio. Podcasts. Secondary output device support. Easily extensible with 50+ plugins available.

The Exaile was my favorite music player until Debian devs removed it from Stretch and newer repos.
The Exaile was not under development the last 2 years, but this year it’s back as 4.0.0 beta release (!).
It uses Python and GTK+ 3.x libs and what I like much it’s very lightweight.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install exaile

Exaile

 

Sparky 5.0 Special Editions

New live/install iso images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.0 “Nibiru” are out.
Sparky 5 follows 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.

All special editions use Openbox window manager as default.
Why Openbox?
1. I received a few emails from ours community members; they suggest changing the present LXDE desktop to other. As many users, as many options – I can not make everyone happy.
2. Openbox is an ultra lightweight and highly customized window manager what is the sparky priority.
3. APTus provides an option to install any desktop you like, so do it if you are not happy with Openbox.

Changes between version 4.5 and 5.0:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of July 29, 2017
– Linux kernel 4.11.6 as default (4.12.x is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo; Liquorix kernel can be installed via APTus-> Install)
– GameOver: added new packages: teamspeak-installer and lutris
– Rescue: added: sparkylinux-installer and grub-efi debs, which lets you install (if required) the live system on a hard drive of machines with BIOS or UEFI
– new theme “Sparky5”
– new default wallpaper
– Calamares 3.1.1 as the default system installer
– new tool for checking and displaying notification on your desktop about available updates
– added new repos (not active): wine-staging.com
– added two new live system boot options:
1. toram – lets you load the whole live system into ram memory (if you have enough);
2 – text mode – if any problem with normal or failsafe boot, this option runs sparky in text mode and lets you install it using the advanced installer

All 3 special editions of Sparky with Openbox window manager have gotten 3 key shortcuts:
– Super+t -> terminal emulator
– Super+r -> gexec
– Super+q -> logout window

No system reinstallation is required. If you have Sparky up to 4.5 installed on your hard drive, simply make 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.

Sparky 5 GameOver

 

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