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Sparky Bonsai – a portable edition of SparkyLinux

Sparky Bonsai 2019

Sparky Bonsai is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian/Sparkylinux in a portable form. Taking advantage of the experience of portable distros such as Slax, Porteus, Puppy and DebianDog, we made a remix of our favor Debian-based distro SparkyLinux. The idea was to make a portable version of the linux distro having already installed at home, in cases we can’t, don’t need or wish to install it properly…

…Sparky Bonsai lives in a USB flash 4GB minimum and run with 512 MB of RAM on x86 processors. At the moment it’s only available in 64bit version. It fits on a DVD or CD optical disk and runs in ext2/3/4, fat32, xfs, exFAT file systems. In order to load it to RAM, 1GB is recommended.

It is a minimal Debian Buster file system using Debian linux kernel v. 4.19.0.6 with the BusterDog’s modules for porteus boot, live-boot-3x and aufs support. Kernel updates are not available the way they are on a properly installed linux system. As you may know, BusterDog uses the Antix Linux init system. Sparky Bonsai uses systemd as pure Debian and Sparky Linux. If you don’t wish to use systemd, check the BusterDog (based on Antix) or Beowolf (based on Devuan).

Sparky Bonsai use PCmanFM as file/desktop manager and JWM as windows manager. JWM’s menu construction is based on xdgmenumaker. It comes with Pale Moon as the default web browser, Mousepad as the default text editor and LXterminal as default terminal emulator. All DebianDog’s module and remaster scripts are included as well.

Synaptic package manager is present and you can install all Debian and Sparkylinux packages. The BusterDog’s repository is inactive because of some Antix packets incompatible with Debian. You can use some packets if you’re sure they are compatible but DONT update your system with this repository enabled…

This is our community member project by jidan.

More info at Sparky forums:
https://forum.sparkylinux.org/index.php/topic,5143.msg13535.html

Download 64bit iso image:
https://sparkylinux.org/download/community/

 

Sparky 2019.12

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.12 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of December 1, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.17
• Linux kernel 5.3.9 as default (5.4.1 & 5.3.14 in Sparky unstable repos)

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues:
• encryption mode only – it works if you don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

Sparky news 2019/11

The 11th monthly report of the 2019 of the Sparky project:

• waterfox package changed its name to waterfox-classic-kpe
• Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released
• Sparky 2019.11.1 MinimalGUI released to fix: GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma fresh installation; and removing some packages from live
• added new locales to Sparky tools: Greek provided by jidan; and updated Italian and Japanese locales as well; thank’s a lot for translations
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.4.1 & 5.3.14
• CDE desktop updated up to 2.3.1 (stable & testing lines)
• added to repos: Videomass

 

Videomass

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Videomass

What is Videomass?

Videomass provides a graphical interface for audio and video conversions through FFmpeg.

Features
– Drag n’ Drop with multiple files at once.
– Batch processing for all included features
– Presets manager interface with fully customizable and expandable profiles.
– Dedicated interfaces: presets manager, video and audio conversions
– Displaying streams information.
– Playback for imported files and last exported file.
– Real-time video filters preview on the video conversions interface.
– Peak level-based audio normalization.
– RMS-based audio normalization.
– EBU R128 audio normalization.
– Setting duration portions for imported files, filters, export and tests.
– Log management.
– Multi language (English and Italian Languages support for now).
– Work on many platforms where Python3 and wxPython4 are supported,
including Linux, Unix, MacOs and Windows.
– Compatible with Python 3 only
– …And more

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install videomass

or via Sparky APTus-> VideoTools tab.

The Videomass tool is available for Debian “Bullseye”/Sparky “Po Tolo” only.

Videomass

The project page at GitHub: github.com/jeanslack/Videomass/
Author: Gianluca (jeanslack) Pernigotto
It is a free and open source application, released under the GNU General Public License v3.0

 

Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 10, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.10 & 5.4-rc7 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Rescue edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu-rescue
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 2019.11

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 2, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.8 & 5.4-rc5 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Openbox edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu (+obmenu)
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

October 2019 donation report

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects! Your donations help keeping them alive.

The last October donations brought ~75% what we asked for, so there is PLN 500/€ 125/$ 135 about missing to cover the VPS bill. As every month we also need PLN 500/€ 125/$ 135 to cover our other bills, Sparky and Linux related project, so consider to send extra tip this month to let us keep our services and work running, please.

I really hope we can do it with the best community in the World as you are!

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
USA
Ryans Products LLC
€ 25
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Kevin C.
$ 2
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 40
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 10
France
Aymeric L.
€ 35
Poland
Sebastian K.
PLN 50
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
USA
Daniel S.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Agostino M.
€ 30
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
Poland
Marek M.
PLN 10
World
Massimo F.
€ 50
Poland
Paweł G.
PLN 50
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Francisco G.
€ 10
Germany
Stefen Z.
€ 10
Germany
William S.
€ 50
Total:
€ 276.16
PLN 340
$ 12

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 5.9

SparkyLinux 5.9 “Nibiru” is out. This is a quarterly update of live/install media of the stable line, which is based on Debian 10 “Buster”.

The base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of October 4, 2019.
It works on the Linux kernel 4.19.67 LTS.
As usually, new iso/img images provide small bug fixes and improvements as well.

Sparky project page and Sparky forums got new skins; no big changes about the colors but they are much mobile devices friendly now.

Nemomen finished translating Sparky tools to Hungarian (thank’s a lot), but many of them still waiting for adding to packages.

Make sure our forums have been moved to a subdomain: https://forum.sparkylinux.org

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.8 installed make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

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

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

Payment day coming (2019)

Donate Like every year Sparky needs YOUR help now!

As you know, SparkyLinux is a non-profit project so it does not earn money.
And probably some of you know that we have to pay bills for hosting server (vps), domains, the power (electricity), broadband (internet connection), etc., etc., from our personal, home budget.

The time for paying for our server coming quickly again so help us sending donation now!

This year we need a little more than last year: 1500 PLN for a newer and faster VPS which has to be paid until November 9, 2019. Due to often overloading the present one, it has to be replaced with a newer and a little faster one. I already made some improvements to make it working faster, but a new one is required anyway. There is also a new skin at the project and forums pages to make them much mobile friendly.

And as every month, we also need 500 PLN for other bills to cover most of our needs.

So all together, this month, we need your donations for about 2000 PLN / ~500 Euros / ~540 USD), please.

We also asked for donations our community at Linuxiarze.pl and ArchiveOS.org as well. Our virtual server hosts a few web pages, all IT / Open Source / Linux related: SparkyLinux.org, Linuxiarze.pl, ArchiveOS.org and SoftMania.org.

So please donate now to keep Sparky alive, any donation will be very helpful.

You are the best community in the Universe so I really believe we CAN do it!

Visit the donation page to find how to send out money.
Aneta & Paweł

 

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