Sparky news 2019/10

The 10th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 5.9 based on Debian stable “Buster” released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.3.8 & 5.4-rc5
• Perl updated to 5.30 in Debian testing repos, so libgtk2-perl has been removed and -> obmenu-generator as well, from the Openbox edition (rolling/testing line only)
• sparky-obmenu installs and automatically configures obmenu for Openbox users, instead of obmenu-generator
• and the Rescue edition’s menu has been reconfigured as well
• Sparky rolling 2019.11 is on the way, stay tuned


Sparky news 2018/10

The 10th monthly report of 2018 of the Sparky project:
– Sparky Twitter account has been set up so it is another way to follow
– Sparky’s Linux kernel updated up to version 4.19.0
– it looks quiet time, but it is really not: I work hard together with Daniel on a new exciting Sparky SmallBusiness sub-project, stay tuned!
– lami07 finished improving the i3 desktop so new installation or re-installation i3 via APTus provides all his changes
– Sparky 4.9 RC has been released to give you a try
– upcoming Sparky 4.9 stable line is on the way – it should be out 11 Nov 2018
– added to repos: kvantum Qt5 theme


Sparky news 2017/10/30


The last September was so busy for me so I forgotten to drop a few words then.

Anyway, a next month almost gone so I’m gonna make a line under the two months and say what happened:
– started building new line of Linux kernel 4.13; the present one is 4.13.10
– sparky tools source code git repository moved to GitHub service
– added new packages to Sparky repos: Qt5 config, Manokwari desktop, Exaile 4.0.0 beta2 audio player, Waterfox web browser
– Sparky 5.1 & 5.1 Special Editions have been released
– Sparky 4.6.1 & 5.0 (6 different versions) have been published as a dual layer DVD disk with a Polish IT magazine called “Komputer Świat”
– added support to armhf architecture, creating a new image of Sparky 4-dev (still under development) for a single board mini computer RaspberryPi
– started building missing packages for the armhf arch
– as every year I asked you to support Sparky and send some donations to pay for our VPS and to buy RaspberryPi; the RPI I already have, thank’s to our community member gom1, as well as the full amount to pay for the VPS, thank’s to all of you (but don’t stop supporting 🙂 )
– Calamares installer has been re-built separately on Stretch and Buster (different libs versions)
– sparkybackup command has gotten 3 shortcuts:
* sparkybackup dist -> spb
* sparkybackup clean -> spb clean
* nano /etc/sparkybackup/sparkybackup.conf (to edit the config file) -> spb edit
– Sparky is a candidate of a Project of the Month (December) on the – vote for Sparky now!