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Sparky news 2019/09

The 9th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2019.09 (semi-)rolling based on Debian testing “Bullseye” released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.3.1 & 5.2.17
• added to repos: Riot, Anydesk
• build Bauh, a nice GUI tool which lets you install Flatpack and Snap packages, but it needs newer deps than can be installed from Debian testing/Sid repos in this moment; have to wait
• Sparky project page and Sparky forums got new skins; no big changes about the colors but they are much more mobile devices friendly now
• Nemomen finished translating Sparky tools to Hungarian; thank’s a lot!
• Sparky forums have been moved to a subdomain: https://forum.sparkylinux.org

 

Sparky news 2019/08

The 8th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2019.08 (semi-)rolling based on Debian testing “Bullseye” released
• Chours translate Wiki pages to Russian, so I do that to Polish as well; let me know if you would like to translate Sparky Wiki to your language
• Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.2.11 & 5.3-rc6
• Nemomen started translating Sparky tools to Hungarian
• added to repos: FreeOffice office suite

 

Sparky news 2019/07

The 7th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:
• ChourS finished translating all Sparky tools to Russian; thank’s a lot!
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.1.21 EOL & 5.2.5 & 5.3-rc2
• Sparky 4 “Tyche” transferred to ‘oldstable’ line
• Sparky 5 “Nibiru” transferred to ‘stable’ line
• the last live/install media of the 4 line (oldstable) – 4.11 released; Sparky 4 will be supported next 2 years about
• the first live/install media of the new stable 5 line – 5.8 released
• updated all Sparky rebranding packages of the next rolling line; you should get it as a regular update already
• new rolling iso images are on the way, stay tuned

A few years ago, Sparky was releasing as a Rolling edition only, with no additional changes at its repositories required; it used just Debian & Sparky ‘testing’ repos.

After added Sparky ‘stable’ line, the rolling/testing edition automatically becomes ‘stable’ when ready, so there is manual installation of ‘testing’ repos back required now. With this fact, make sure, Sparky Rolling is a Semi-Rolling edition now.

 

Sparky news 2019/06

The 6th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 5.8 RC based on Debian testing Buster has been released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.1.15 & 5.2-rc7
• added to repos: Baka-MPlayer, Atom editor
• preparations to next Sparky stable 5 “Nibiru” are on the way
• Sparky 5.8 RC2 ARMHF for RaspberryPi is out and ready for testing

 

Sparky news 2019/05

The 5th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 4.10 based on Debian stable Stretch has been released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.1.6 & 5.0.20 & 5.2-rc2
• Lumina Desktop 1.5.0 re-compiled on Buster/Sparky5 and works fine so moved back to Sparky testing repos; Sparky 4 still uses Lumina 1.4; the Lumina been also put back to APTus and Sparky Advanced Installer
• added to repos: Draco Desktop (a fork of Lumina), QtFM file manager

 

Sparky news 2019/04

The 4th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• added to repos: alacritty, qt-fsarchiver, strawberry
• Sparky group has been activated at MeWe by lami07, so welcome everybody if you’d like to join us
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.0.10 & 5.1-rc7
• Sparky 4.10 is on the way, stay tuned
• new Lumina Desktop 1.5.0 popped up so should be build soon on Buster

 

Sparky news 2019/02

The 2nd monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• CDE Desktop has been rebuild on Buster so it works back on Sparky 5 (no changes on Stretch/Sparky 4)
• added to repos: Sparky Play MP3 and Sparky Player
• ‘brave’ package changed its name to ‘brave-browser’
• Sparky’s Linux kernel updated up to version 4.20.13 & 5.0-rc8
• new addition at git repos: Sparky online – a script + cron job which lets you check is your web site online or not
• Lumina desktop removed from Advanced Installer and APTus-> Desktop module; due to incompatibility with Qt greater than 5.9, it does not work on Debian Buster/Sparky 5
• Jade desktop removed from APTus, still can be installed via the package manager; it does not start from a login manager, but can be launched from Menu-> Accessories
• Sparky USB Formatter received a new option to use your USB disk label (thank’s to Elton)
• APTus updated to version 0.4.16 which includes:
— Audio & Video modules renamed to AudioPlayer & VideoPlayer; added a few more apps
— Codecs module updated; removed 3 old items, added one new
— Security module merged with Tools module
— Added 2 new modules and apps: AudioTool & VideoTool
• Moved a few old libs from Debian stable to Sparky core repos to let you install Sparky’s Yad version with html support; the Sparky’s Yad debs are placed at Sparky Sourceforge files/dev/ subdirectory

 

Sparky news 2019/01

The 1st this year monthly report of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 5.6.1 Special Editions released
• iso images of stable and rolling line updated again: 4.9.2 & 5.6.2
• added to repos: Franz, MultibootUSB, Rambox, GitKraken, Sparky Tube (downloads videos and converts to audio or video files, thank’s to Elton), WPS Mui (a part of Sparky Office, which installs WPS locale packs; thank’s to Elton)
• Sparky’s Linux kernel updated up to version 4.20.6
• the new app APTus AppCenter is still active under development, so be patient
• the Sparky SB Server is also under active development, together with Daniel

 

Sparky news 2018/12

The 12th and the last in this year monthly report of the Sparky project:
• added to repos: Midori 7.0, Lightdm-Settings
• Sparky’s Linux kernel updated up to version 4.20.0
• Sparky 5.6 released
• the new app APTus AppCenter is still under development, so it takes time to even make a first beta
• Sparky repos changed so upgrade ‘sparky-apt’ package as first and refresh package list after, and before upgrading whole the system
• small update of iso images of stable 4.9.1 and rolling 5.6.1 lines
• the latest Linux kernel has been rebuild which features many missing options enabled now, so upgrade it to version 4.20.0-2

Happy 2019 year Sparkers !

Sparky news 2018/09

The 9th monthly report of 2018 of the Sparky project:
– Sparky’s Linux kernel updated up to version 4.18.11 & 4.19-rc5
– Sparky 5.5 “Nibiru” released
– Sparky 5.5 “Nibiru” Special Editions released
– Lumina desktop stoped working on Sparky5/Debian testing (still works fine on stable)
– updated Italian and some French of sparky tools locales
– updated all sparky-desktop-* meta packages; and removed –no-install-recommends option from desktop installer of Advanced Installer and APTus, what should improve working a few desktops installed via the tools

 

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