What’s up Sparky?


The next release of Sparky 4.0 is coming soon so it’s good time to make some explanations.

The new Sparky 4.x iso images will be based on and compatible with Debian (9) ‘testing’ code name ‘Stretch’. As Sparky uses rolling model, the existing users don’t need to grab new iso images and make fresh installations. Simply keep your copy of Sparky up to date and install suggested packages if you’d like (it’s recommended).

As you probably know, Razor-Qt has been merged with LXDE giving new LXQt desktop. Due to the changes, Sparky Razor-Qt has been dropped.

Sparky 4.0 will be released in May (don’t know the date yet) as follow.

“Full” editions with multimedia codecs and plugins and set of applications for every purpose:
– Xfce

“Base” editions feature minimal set of apps with no codecs or plugins:
– Enlightenment
– Openbox

“CLI” edition which features the core system, text based installer and a few apps.

I released two another Sparky spins with Budgie and LXQt desktops. They are still under development and I don’t think they will be ready soon.

I also been playing with KDE spin.
I know I said no KDE, GNOME, Cinnamon and Unity.
The only one reason I said that is hungry or RAM of the desktops.

It’s nothing wrong with that if you have quite new computer. If not you have to count every MB of RAM used by the desktop and applications. Many of my friends and family members (not only) have old machines with 1.5Ghz CPU and 1 GB of RAM or so. That’s why I personally prefer lightweight desktop/window managers instead of the “big” ones. That’s also why Sparky is targeted to old machines (32 bit) as well as to 64 bit machines.

So my top limit for 32 bit system is 300 MB of RAM to be used with launched desktop and default services.

I said before no KDE, but I have to make another explanation.
I was a (big) fan of GNOME 2 and KDE 3.
The GNOME 2 desktop can be found as MATE now (as its successor).
I tried KDE 4 many times but no luck.
This time I have spare time so I’ve been playing with KDE 4 for a while.
All the things go fine and my 32 bit installation consumes about 290-330 MB of RAM so it makes me happy.
I know about finishing my KDE tests nothing yet, but I’ll let you know whatever happens.

Remembering the time and power has been used to create and develop Sparky, please consider to make donation to keep Sparky alive.


SparkyLinux 4.0 RC


I am happy to announce SparkyLinux 4.0 RC.
The new iso images provide the release candidate, before the final version of 4.0 will be out.

SparkyLinux 4.0 RC is available in two versions:
– LXDE – our flagship edition with lightweight LXDE desktop, full set of selected applications and functions
– Openbox – “Base” edition with ultra lightweight Openbox desktop, which gives a nice and solid base to build personalized desktop on the top of Debian testing.

The most important changes between Sparky 3.6 and 4.0 RC:
– massive numbers of updates from Debian testing and SparkyLinux repositories
– full system rebranding, see HowTo: sparky-rebranding
– new flat theme “Sparky4”
– new flat icon set “Ultra-Flat-Icons”
– wallpaper “Vortex” by LiquidSky64
– the look of all the system’s elements has been fully integrated
– many visual improvement
– Gnome-Alsamixer replaced by Pulse Audio Mixer (LXDE edition)
– XChat replaced by HexChat
– Wbar has been removed
– traditional look of the desktop with one bottom’s panel
– updated Boot-Repair (available in Live system only)
– updated Live-Installer
– the default’s Sparky iso building tool is Sparky Backup System now; it works in a text console or using Yad based GUI – available in our repos
– many small improvements
– many improvements and bugs fixing of Sparky apps
– all the Sparky apps moved to SourceForge git repos

Many of the changes and improvements have been made thanks to suggestions of our small but strong community.

The new RC iso images of SparkyLinux can be downloaded from our testing download page.

SparkyLinux LXDE