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SparkyLinux 3.6 LXDE, MATE, Razor-Qt & Xfce

 

I am happy to announce the fourth and the last this year iso images of SparkyLinux 3.6 “Annagerman” LXDE, MATE, Razor-Qt and Xfce. At the beginning, I’d like to thank to all of our small but strong community members for their help with searching and solving bugs and problems.

SparkyLinux 3.6 provides (as usual) all packages updating, some bug fixing and small improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-2)
– xfce 4.10.1
– lxde-common 0.99.0
– razor-qt 0.5.2-4
– mate 1.8.1
– openbox 3.5.2-8
– grub 2.02~beta2
– Twitter’s microblogging client Hotot replaced by Turpial (Hotot is not under development any more)
– the new wallpaper ‘Vortex’ by LiquidSky64
– Sparky Conky Manager updated up to version 0.1.7 having a new applet of battery status

System has been synchronized with Debian “testing” repository as of 03/12/2014.

Added new apps:
– sparky-aptus-upgrade (System Upgrade) – small (recommended) tool for system upgrading
– sparky-systemd-ui – a metapackage which gives you an access to systemd settings as root

Removed packages:
– sparky-tray
– old, deprecated mate packages of 1.4 & 1.6

The Live system is available in English only.
You can choose any localization during the hard drive’s installation process.

Use the new iso images to perform fresh Sparky installation.
If you have Sparky installed already on your hard drive, make full system upgrade (as root):
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install -f
reboot

In a case of any problem visit our forums.

New iso images of SparkyLinux for 32 and 64 bit machines can be downloaded from our download page. Following changes in Debian testing, the 32 bit kernel is targeted for i586 (non-pae) machines now.

SparkyLinux

New wallpapers can be downloaded from our account on sourceforge.

Other Sparky 3.6 editions will be released soon.

Known problems:
– the live installer does not configure Plymouth (preinstalled)

To fix it, after installation edit ‘grub’ config file:
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
and change the line from:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet"
to:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
then:
sudo update-grub

 
Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-6-lxde-mate-razor-qt-xfce

 

SparkyLinux 3.5 LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, E18 & E19-dev is out

 

SparkyLinux 3.5 “Annagerman” LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, Enlightenment 18 & 19-dev is out.

New Live/Install iso images provide up to date packages and a few changes.
All packages have been synchronized with Debian “testing” repositories as of 02/09/2014.
The system runs on Linux kernel 3.14.2 (3.14.15-2).

This time the Enlightenment edition is available in two versions:
– E18 – the stable line
– E19-dev (0.19.0.18850) – development packages compiled from git repository as of 02/09/2014 – for beta testers.

New application “Custom ISO Builder” lets you rebuild iso images of SparkyLinux and some other images similar to Sparky, check HowTo: custom-iso-builder-howto-part-1

New tool ‘Sparky-APTus-Extra’ lets you quick install additional applications from SparkyLinux repo, such as:
– Custom ISO Builder
– DEB Package Builder
– Dropbox
– Eraser
– JDownloader Installer
– Live USB Creator
– Nightingale
– RSSOwl
– SeaMonkey
– Skype
– SpiderOak
– Steam
– TeamViewer
– TOR Browser
– TrueCrypt
– VMware Player Installer
– zuluCrypt
– and a few sparky tools

New applications added to our repository:
– Spideroak
– TOR-Browser
– VMware Player On-Line Installer
– JDownloader On-Line Installer
– zuluCrypt

Sparky Conky Manager has been updated up to version 0.1.6 having a new option which lets you change the color.

Added new repository and the public keys:
– virtualbox
– liquorix
– google earth
– google talk plugin
– google music manager

Additional repositories are off.
To activate a new repo go to Synaptic-> Repository or Sparky APTus-> Repository-> Additional Repository Edition.

TrueCrypt has been removed from the system – the reason is well known for sure.
There is zuluCrypt available in our repo, which offers a CLI and GUI front-end for ‘cryptsetup’.

If you’d like to test E19 you have to remove all old E17/18 packages and its libs:
apt-get remove enlightenment terminology
apt-get autoremove

Then:
apt-get update
apt-get install e19

Known problems of Sparky E19-dev edition:
– no icons
– terminology doesn’t work

 
All the ISO images can be downloaded from download page

 

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Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-5-lxde-razor-qt-cli-e18-e19-dev/

 

SparkyLinux 3.4.1

 

SparkyLinux 3.4.1 LXDE, e18, Razor-Qt, MATE, Xfce, Base (Openbox) and GameOver x86_64 is ready to go.

The new updated iso images of SparkyLinux 3.4.1 providing a bug fixing detected in 64 bit iso images only. The bug did not let to run the Live system from USB disk on machines features UEFI motherboard.
It didn’t let to test and install the system.

The bug does not make any change or a problem on machines feature BIOS or on virtual machines.

The error has been removed thanks to quick reaction and cooperation between Wayne – our community member, MoroS and me (pavroo) – thank’s a lot.

You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard/USB/virtual drive. Simply make full system upgrade and keep it up to date.
New iso images can be used to make fresh Sparky installation.

Remember that the ‘old’ installer is still available in the live system and it’s recommended for ‘old’ machines. You can launch in text mode, by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer
or in graphical mode:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-4-1

 

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SparkyLinux 3.4 LXDE, e18 & Razor-Qt is out

 

SparkyLinux 3.4 “Annagerman” LXDE, Razor-Qt and Enlightenment 18 is out.

New iso images of SparkyLinux 3.4 provide a ton of updates, some changes and system improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.14
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/05/31
– LXDE 0.5.5-6
– Openbox 3.5.2-6
– Razor-Qt 0.5.2-4
– Enlightenment has been updated up to version E18 (0.18.2/0.18.5), see how to manually upgrade E17 to E18: how-to-upgrade-sparky-e17-to-e18
– support for installation on machines with EFI
– systemd is the default init system now, see how to change sysvinit to systemd:
sparky-systemd
– Sparky e18 is shipped with Sparky-Dark theme made by Agust with a wallpaper based on Sakasa artwork, the theme can be downloaded from sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sparkylinux/files/files/themes/A-18-Dark-Sparky.edj/download
– the repository list has been split:
* the main one features Debian repository only inside the file /etc/apt/sources.list
* all additional repositories have been moved to the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
see: sparky-repository
– Sparky Center – our system control center for LXDE desktop has been rebuilt, added tabs for every option and upgraded up to version 0.2.1

Sparky Center

– Sparky APTus – our tool for updating, installing and removing packages has been updated up to version 0.2.0; it offers new functions now:
* removing Non-Free and Restricted packages which are pre-installed in the system
* installation of missing language packages
* every option is placed in a separated tab

APTus

– Sparky-Tray – our small app which is loaded to the system’s panel tray and gives quick access to APTus, Synaptic, repository list editor and root terminal has been updated up to version 0.1.2. It lets you edit all repo lists due to changes occurred in the repository list
– Sparky-Backup-Apps – our applications backup tool has been updated up version 0.1.4
– Sparky-Backup-System – our system backup tool has been updated up to version 0.1.7 – due to moving Sparky to systemd
– a few apps have been removed: aptoncd, avidemux, audacity, devede, ogmrip, soundconverter; still available to install in the repository
– added a new package: hardinfo
– new application in our repository: skype
– teamviewer has been updated up to version 9

The ‘old’ installer is still available in the live system and it’s recommended for ‘old’ machines.
It can be launch in text mode, by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer
or in graphical mode:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui

 

Sparky CLI Edition is also available (back).
It has been rebuilt and features now: core system, our old installer, mc, wicd-cli, elinks and wifi drivers.

 

We have made a couple of successful testing installations of Sparky in EFI mode in a virtual environment. We can’t promise that installation on a physical machine is fine.
We never tried this, because we don’t have any “normal” machine with EFI.

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page

New iso images can be used to make new, fresh Sparky installation.
You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have Sparky installed on your machine.
Just make full system upgrade and follow the enclosed upgrading guides.

Don’t forget to donate a small (or big) tip if you enjoy SparkyLinux 🙂

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SparkyLinux LXDE     SparkyLinux e18

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-4-lxde-e18-i-razor-qt

 

SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Razor-Qt is out

 

Due to a small bug in the base system (one library missing), the ‘new’ live installer does not want to launch in the Razor-Qt Edition of Sparky 3.3.

The new iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Razor-Qt is free of the bug so the new installer works fine.
Anyway there is the ‘old’ installer in the live system too so it can be used instead of the new one.

All Sparky iso images can be downloaded from our download page.

 

SparkyLinux 3.3 LXDE, e17 & Razor-Qt

 

SparkyLinux 3.3 “Annagerman” LXDE, Razor-Qt and e17 is out.

New iso images of SparkyLinux provide a ton of updates, some changes and system improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.12
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/03/04
– new installer forked from LMDE/SolydXK (no support for EFI yet)
– new wallpaper ‘Strange Nature’ by Sakasa + artwork of Grub, Plymouth and installer based on the wallpaper
– sudo is active as default after installation
– SparkyLinux default repository has been changed
– new, refreshed logo

The ‘old’ installer is still available in the live system and it is recommended for ‘old’ machines.
It can be run in text mode, by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer
or in graphical mode:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
The ‘old’ installer features two changes as well:
– partition detection way has been changed after the disk partitioning process is ended
– added new option ‘nogrub’ which lets you NOT install bootloader Grub.

Added new applications and tools:
– Boot-repair – a simple tool to repair frequent boot issues
– Truecrypt – a source-available freeware application used for on-the-fly disks and partitions encryption
– Plymouth + sparky-plymouth-theme
– uGet + Aria2 as the default download manager for Iceweasel, via FlashGot plugin
– Osmo is out – replaced by Iceowl plugin for Icedove mail client
– Hotot-Gtk microblogging client
– sparky-eraser – simply graphical interface for ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ tools, read the post: Truecrypt & Sparky-Eraser
– sparky-wine – simply Wine wrapper which lets you choose and install ‘.exe’ applications from a local drive

‘SparkyBackup-System’ – the default Sparky backup tool has been removed from the system.
It needs to be rebuild due to some changes between system base and installer of Sparky 3.2 and 3.3.

SparkyLinux LXDE

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-3-lxde-e17-razor-qt/

 

New Openbox problems

 

The last week updates of Openbox up to version 3.5.2-5 can make some problems.
It will install ‘openbox-gnome-session’ package as its depends and whole basic GNOME3 environment as well 🙂

If you’d like to put everything back to the prevoius stage, remove extra packages from the system:
apt-get remove nautilus openbox-gnome-session gdm3 gnome-bluetooth gnome-control-center gnome-control-center-data gnome-desktop3-data gnome-menus gnome-online-accounts gnome-user-guide systemd
and:
apt-get autoremove
apt-get clean

It happens on SparkyLinux LXDE, Ultra, Razor-Qt and GameOver.
All of them use Openbox as the default window manager.

 

SparkyLinux 3.2 LXDE, Ultra & Razor-Qt is out

 

New iso images of SparkyLinux 3.2 providing a few changes and system improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.11-2 (3.11.8-1)
– all packages have been upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/12/07
– added support for installation 32 bit applications on 64 bit systems
– 32 bit wine package has been installed on 64 bit systems
– sparky-center-lxde and sparky-center-openbox have been reconfigured; some applications have been extracted from sparky-center and packed separately so they can be installed on other Sparky desktops with no sparky-center; see Sparky news 11/2013
– added package curl – it’s a missing tool requires by PlayOnLinux
– added new package sparky-tray – it gives quick access to package management: Sparky APTus, Synaptic, repository list editor and root terminal emulator
– sparky-aptus has been updated up to version 0.1.5 – added new option ‘Fix Broken’ – it lets you fix not (or wrong) installed/upgraded packages
– the default Sparky theme has been ‘slightly’ improved and upgraded up to version 0.1.1 for better gtk3 applications support

Sparky Razor-Qt features a few more changes, such as:
– removed category “Debian” from the menu
– removed packages: qupzilla, claws-mail, qmmp
– added packages: iceweasel, icedove, exaile
– mounting USB devices via the default panel’s plugin bug is fixed; now you open USB disks with the default file manager PCManFM
– added new applications: sparky-conkeyset, sparky-fonset, sparky-keyboard, sparky-locales, sparky-passwdchange, sparky-timedateset, sparky-users, sparky-xdf

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> https://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-2-lxde-ultra-razor-qt/

 

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