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Sparky repos changed

There is a change in the Sparky repository as of 27 December 2018.

What changed?
– Sparky stable line stopped using mixed Sparky stable and testing repos, couse it would be difficult keep in this stage for upcoming new ‘stable’ and ‘oldstable’ repos (next year)
– most packages are available via a new ‘core’ repos now, but ‘stable’ and ‘testing’ repos provides some packages targeted to the specific branch.

So…
Sparky stable line uses repos as follows:
https://sparkylinux.org/repo core main
https://sparkylinux.org/repo stable main

+ source repos as well

Sparky testing line uses repos as follows:
https://sparkylinux.org/repo core main
https://sparkylinux.org/repo testing main
https://sparkylinux.org/repo unstable main

+ source repos as well

Pinning has been changed too.

There is no need to reconfigure Sparky repos manually, simply run:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-apt
sudo apt update

then make system upgrade as you always do.

Existing iso images of Sparky MinimalGUI/CLI still can be used to install a desktop of your choice, the new sparky-apt package will be installed during desktop’s installation process.

There are still many the same package (versions) in the ‘testing’ and ‘core’ repos, but they will be removed from ‘testing’ to clean it up. Let me know if you find any problem, please.

After that, iso images will be refreshed to provide the latest setting to you.

Linux kernel 4.18.0

 

The first version of Linux kernel of the new 4.18 line – 4.18.0 just landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Build status:
– amd64 – build and installation OK – uploaded
– 686-pae – build and installation OK – uploaded
– 686 (non-pae) – build failed

The Sparky’s Linux kernel is available in Sparky “unstable” repository, so enabled it to upgrade (if you have older version already installed) or to make fresh installation:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository

Follow the Wiki page: https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/linux_kernel to install the latest Sparky’s Linux kernel.

Then reboot your machine to take effects.

To quick remove older version of the Linux kernel, simply run APTus-> Remove-> Uninstall Old Kernel tool.

 

Timeshift

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Timeshift.

What is Timeshift?

System restore tool for Linux. Creates filesystem snapshots using rsync+hardlinks, or BTRFS snapshots. Supports scheduled snapshots, multiple backup levels, and exclude filters. Snapshots can be restored while system is running or from Live CD/USB.

Installation:
apt update
apt install timeshift

Timeshift

Timeshift developer is Tony George.
The project page: github.com/teejee2008/timeshift

 

Linux kernel 4.17.0

 

The first version of Linux kernel of the new 4.17 line – 4.17.0 just landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Status:
– amd64 – build and installation OK – uploaded
– 686-pae – build and installation OK, but freeze all my graphical desktops down – uploaded anyway so you can test it too
– 686 (non-pae) – build failed

The Sparky’s Linux kernel is available in Sparky “unstable” repository, so enabled it to upgrade (if you have older version already installed) or to make fresh installation:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository

Follow the Wiki page: https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/linux_kernel to install the latest Sparky’s Linux kernel.

Then reboot your machine to take effects.

To quick remove older version of the Linux kernel, simply run APTus-> Remove-> Uninstall Old Kernel tool.

 

Yarock

There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: Yarock.

From the project web site:

Yarock is a modern looking music player, packed with features, that doesn’t depend on any specific desktop environment. Yarock is designed to provide an easy and pretty music browser based on cover art. Yarock is easy to build with a minimal set of dependancies, and offers the choose of differents audio back-end.

It is a Qt based application, which supports multiple audio back-ends (Phonon, vlc, mpv); compiled with the Phonon as default; supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC music files (depending on audio back-end). It also supports radio stream services such as TuneIn, SHoutCast, Dirble.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install yarock

Yarock

 

Linux kernel 4.16.0

 

The first version of Linux kernel of the 4.16 line – 4.16.0 just landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

The Sparky’s Linux kernel is available in Sparky “unstable” repository, so enabled it to upgrade (if you have older version already installed) or to make fresh installation:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository

Follow the Wiki page: https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/linux_kernel to install the latest Sparky’s Linux kernel.

Then reboot your machine to take effects.

To quick remove older version of the Linux kernel, simply run APTus-> Remove-> Uninstall Old Kernel tool.

 

Webmin

There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: Webmin.

From the project web site:

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install webmin

It can be also installed via Sparky MinimalCLI iso image, using ‘sudo sparky-installer’ command and choosing the Webmin from desktop’s list:

Advanced Installer

In short, how (what for) can it be used?
1. If you have or would like to set small office or home server
2. If you have a few computers in your local network or somewhere in the internet
3. if you would like to take control of your local Sparky installation via a GUI.

How does it work?
Webmin provides a web browser GUI which can be used via any web browser, and let you connect to your local system, an other computer in your local or external network, and manage many, many system’s configs and options.

Simply type an address to your web browser, to make connection:
to your local machine:
https://localhost:10000/
to a computer in your local network:
https://target-computer-ip:10000/
to a machine located in the network:
https://domain-name:10000/
Then login using root account and its password.

Webmin login window

 
Webmin dashboard

The application has been added due to ours community member Daniel “Capitan Jack” suggestion.

 

Notepadqq

There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: Notepadqq.

From the project web site:

Notepadqq is designed from developers, for developers. With its more than 100 supported languages, it is the ideal text editor for your daily tasks.
The project is completely Free and Open Source.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install notepadqq

The editor is Qt based, but there is an additional package to be installed, to support GTK based styles:
sudo apt install notepadqq-gtk
Then run the application from menu-> Development

The editor should replace Leafpad in the Sparky’s LXQt spin.

Notepadqq

 

Falkon

There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: the first release of Falkon web browser 3.0.0.

From Wikipedia:

Falkon (formerly QupZilla) is a free and open-source web browser, intended for general users. Falkon is licensed under GPLv3.
Falkon makes use of Qt WebEngine to support modern web standards. It provides several icon sets and other elements to match the native look and feel of users’ desktop operating systems.

David Rosca said:

Falkon is a new KDE web browser, previously known as QupZilla. Following this release, there will only be one last final QupZilla release.

If you were previously using QupZilla, you can manually migrate your profiles to Falkon by moving the config directory (usually in ~/.config/qupzilla/).
There is no automatic migration.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install falkon

or via Sparky Web Browser Installer >= 20180307.

Then run the application from menu-> Internet

Due it needs Qt 5.9, the app is available to Debian testing/Sid and Sparky 5 only, but not older.

Falkon

 

BleachBit

There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: BleachBit.

From the project web page:

When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install bleachbit

Then run the tool from menu-> System

BleachBit

 

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