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Sparky 5.13

A next point release of Sparky 5.13 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.12 and 5.13:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of November 3, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.152 (PC)
• Linux kernel 5.4.72-v7+ (ARMHF)
• Firefox 78.4.0esr
• Thunderbird 78.4.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
• LXQt 0.14.1
• Xfce 4.12.5
• Openbox 3.6.1

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky 4.13

There is an update of Sparky oldstable 4.13 code name “Tyche” out there. It is based on the Debian oldstable “Stretch”.

Changes:
• system upgrade from Debian oldstable “Stretch” repos as of October 2, 2020
• Calamares doesn’t refresh package list to avoid breaking installation if Debian or Sparky repo is off
• Sparky repos changed from ‘oldstable’ to named ‘tyche’; make sure you use right Sparky repositories
• Linux kernel upgraded up to 4.9.228-1
• Firefox 78.3.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.12.0
• LibreOffice 4.3.3

System re-installation is not required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

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

 

Sparky 2020.09

The September snapshot of Sparky 2020.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

This release provides package updates and fixed an issue of the Sparky Advanced Installer, which generated broken fstab. There is no problem if you have installed Sparky 2020.08 using Calamares (called Sparky Installer).

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 31, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.17 (5.8.5 & 5.9-rc3 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 80
• LibreOffice 7.0.1-rc1
• fixed the Advanced Installer issue; thanks to lami07

System re-installation is not required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

The Special Edition iso images have been already updated too.

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

 

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 2020.08

The August snapshot of Sparky 2020.08 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 14, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.10 (5.8.1 & 5.9-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
• added Memory Test and Hardware Detection to the live config
• installed qt5ct + added qt5ct config to non Qt based desktops: Openbox, MATE & Xfce
• GCC 9 removed; the default compiler is GCC 10 now
• LXQt 0.14.1
• MATE 1.24.1
• Xfce 4.14
• Firefox 79.0
• Thunderbird 68.11.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.0-rc2 (7.0.1~rc1 in Debian testing repos now)
• VLC 3.0.11
• Calamares 3.2.24
• small improvements

System re-installation 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 rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

 

Sparky 5.12

A quarterly update point release of Sparky 5.12 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.11 and 5.12:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of July 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.118
• Firefox 68.10.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.9.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus)
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• 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

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New iso/img images of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky 2020.06

The June snapshot of Sparky 2020.06 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.6.14 (5.7.0 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 77.0
• Thunderbird 68.8.1
• LibreOffice 6.4.4.2
• debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• added ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) to be used by Sparky tools
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added RadioStation – a fork of RadioTray-Lite (and Radiotray)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus too)
• added disk autopartitioning, encrypting and lvm support to the Advanced Installer DEV (still experimental)
• Calamares updated up to 3.2.24; changed password strength to a minimum number of digits as possible in Calamares, as requested a few times by our users (can be used 1 digit, but I recommend to use strong password); thanks to lami07
• added lxappearance to MinimalGUI iso (Openbox)

System re-installation 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 rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

 

Sparky 2020.05~dev

Call for testers.

It is a development release of Sparky which is based on Debian testing “Bullseye”.

The Sparky Advanced Installer received (experimental) improvements by darekem73, such as:
• autopartitioning
• partition encrypting
• logical volume support
The Yad based GUI is disabled, so text mode only.

Other changes:
• sparky tools uses ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) now
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’ back
• ‘otter-browser’ replaced by ‘epiphany-browser’ (thanks to lami07)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list

The standard Advanced Installer can be launched from menu-> System-> Sparky (Advanced) Installer or via the command:

sudo sparky-installer

The experimental version of Advanced Installer is reachable (text mode only) from menu-> System-> Sparky (Advanced) Installer DEV, or via the command:

sudo sparky-installer-dev

Please test the new, experimental features installing Sparky on encrypted and/or logical partitions and try the autopartitioning as well. If you find any issue or have suggestions – post them at our forums, please.

New, development iso images can be downloaded from download/development page.

Advanced Installer DEV

Openbox Noir

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: Openbox Noir.

What is Openbox Noir?

Openbox Noir is a variant of the Openbox, which provides dark and modern looks and feel of a lightweight desktop. It features, on the top of a standard Openbox window manager, customized applications and tools such as: dark theme, dark wallpaper, dark icon set, Plank bar with dark theme, Tint2 panel, jgmenu, etc.

The Openbox Noir desktop is configured and set by Sparky team member lami07

Installation with all the Noir settings:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Then run APTus-> Desktop-> Openbox Noir.
After the installation is finished, reboot to take effects, and login to the Openbox desktop.
Make sure the installation will change your installed desktops settings to the Noir.

It is available to Sparky 5 and rolling, not to oldstable.

Openbox Noir

Please test the new desktop and report your suggestions, issues, and anything else at our forums, please.

If everything goes well, means no issues, the Openbox Noir will be added to the Minimal ISO installer as well.

 

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.

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