There are new tools available for Sparkers: Picom & Sparky Picom Manager.

What is Picom?

Picom is a standalone compositor for Xorg, suitable for use with window managers that do not provide compositing. Picom is a fork of compton, which is a fork of xcompmgr-dana, which in turn is a fork of xcompmgr.


sudo apt update
sudo apt install picom

so it removes the ‘compton’ package.

It been tested on Debian Buster and Bullseye/Sparky 5 and 6 i686, amd64 and armhf.

The project page :
The project developers: check the CONTRIBUTORS file
License: MPL-2.0 AND MIT

What is Sparky Picom Manager?

Sparky Compton Manager has been forked to Sparky Picom Manager and provides a simple, Yad based GUI to start & stop Picom, load a sample configuration file, and edit it as well.


sudo apt install sparky-picom

Sparky Picom Manager


Sparky 5.11

A quarterly update point release of live/install media of Sparky 5.11 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This is a release based on Debian 10 “Buster”.

– the base system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of March 1, 2020
– Linux kernel 4.19.98 LTS (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.19.97 LTS (ARMHF)
– added 9 new nature wallpapers captured by Aneta, Pavbaranov and me
– Sparky repository changed to the named “nibiru” (“stable” works as before); no need to manually change the repo; see also:
– Firefox 68.6.0 ESR
– Thunderbird 68.6.0
– LibreOffice 6.1.5

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x 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 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 Upgrade text tool

There is a tool available for Sparkers, which lets you make full system upgrade in a text mode via just one command: Sparky Upgrade.
The tool was introduced in Sparky APTus Upgrade 0.3.15.

The Sparky APTus Upgrade offers a GUI to make your system upgrade, but if you prefer a text based tool, the Sparky Upgrade should cover your needs.

How does it work?
1. It checks does the Debian and Sparky servers are online.
– if not, stops the process
– if yes, asks you for your password
2. It refreshes package list and inform you about updates.
– enter “y” (yes) to make the upgrade
– enter “n” (no) to stop it, that all.

Run the tool as a regular user:


Sparky Upgrade

See also the Wiki page:


March 2020 donation report

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

Thanks a lot!
Dziękuję bardzo!
Vielen Dank!
Merci beaucoup!
Muito obrigado!
Mnohokrat dakujem!
どうもありがとう !

Don’t forget to send a small tip in April too, please 🙂

Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Wojciech H.
Gernot P.
$ 10
John C.
$ 5
Tom C.
$ 15
Walacy D.
€ 2.45
Robert C.
PLN 50
Andrzej M.
Krzysztof B.
PLN 141
Tomas H.
€ 10
Marek B.
PLN 10
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Alexander F.
€ 10
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Wojciech Z.
PLN 100
Małgorzata R.
PLN 39.87
Anja G.
€ 15
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Agostino M.
€ 30
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Krzysztof P.
PLN 30
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Krzysztof Ś.
PLN 100
Jork S.
€ 5
Robert C.
PLN 50
Janusz L.
PLN 50
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Okamoto Y.
€ 200
€ 296.11
PLN 697.87
$ 30

Sparky news 2020/03

The 3rd monthly #stayhome report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.6.0
• ChourS2008 translated a few Sparky wiki pages to Russian, thanks a lot
• Nemoman keep translating Sparky wiki pages to Hungarian, thanks a lot
• I keep translating wiki pages to Polish as well
• Sparky 2020.03 & 2020.03.1 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 4.12 of the oldstable line released
• added to our repos: ClipGrab, CudaText
• Sparky repos changed to the named: oldstable-> tyche; stable-> nibiru; testing-> potolo; the old ones work as before alongside to the new ones; see also:
• added Chines (zh_CN) fonts and other stuff to be installed via APTus-> System-> Install Locales tool (v0.4.27)

In this difficult days I only wanna say: #stayhome my friends.

Sparky 2020.03.1

New iso images of Sparky 2020.03.1 of the (semi-)rolling line have been generated.

This is a minor update of the live/install media which provides:

• fixed issue which doesn’t let you boot Sparky 2020.03 copied to an USB stick
• Sparky repository changed to the named “potolo” (“testing” works as before)
• all packages updated from Debian testing repos as of March 27, 2020

No reinstallation is required, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Sparky named repos

New Sparky named repositories have been created, alongside to the present ones:
• oldstable-> tyche
• stable-> nibiru
• testing-> potolo

What is it for?
Developing and providing packages to Sparky based on Debian testing only was quite easy, it was just one branch, developed as a rolling release. No changes in repos required then.

Everything changed after releasing Sparky on Debian stable and keeping the oldstable line as well.

Every big upgrade, means from testing to a new stable, and stable to a new oldstable required manual changes in the repo lists.

To avoid that, the named repos will let you smoothly upgrade your Sparky installation without any manual change. It will be done via a regular upgrade using the package manager/upgrade tool only.


What to do now?
No need to change Sparky repos manually, simply make system upgrade as you do.

• sparky4-apt on Sparky 4 Tyche
• sparky5-apt on Sparky 5 Nibiru
• sparky6-apt on Sparky rolling (upcoming 6 Po Tolo)
install the new Sparky repo automatically.

Let me know at our forums, if you find any problem with that.
Wiki pages of Sparky repos have been already updated.


There is a new tool available for Sparkers: CudaText

What is CudaText?

CudaText is a free, open-source, cross-platform (runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS or FreeBSD) code editor written in Lazarus. It evolved from the previous editor named SynWrite which is no longer developed. It is extensible by Python add-ons (plugins, linters, code tree parsers, external tools). Syntax parser is feature-rich, based on EControl engine (though not as fast as in some competitors).

– Syntax highlight for lot of languages (230+ lexers).
– Code tree: structure of functions/classes/etc, if lexer allows it.
– Code folding.
– Multi-carets and multi-selections.
– Find/Replace with regular expressions.
– Configs in JSON format. Including lexer-specific configs.
– Tabbed UI.
– Split view to primary/secondary. Split window to 2/3/4/6 groups of tabs.
– Command palette, with fuzzy matching.
– Minimap. Micromap.
– Show unprinted whitespace.
– Support for many encodings.
– Customizable hotkeys.
– Binary/Hex viewer for files of unlimited size (can show 10 Gb logs).
– Correctly saves binary files.

Features for HTML/CSS coding:
– Smart auto-completion for HTML, CSS.
– HTML tags completion with Tab-key (Snippets plugin).
– HTML color codes (#rgb, #rrggbb) underline.
– Show pictures inside editor area (jpeg/png/gif/bmp/ico).
– Show tooltip when mouse moves over picture tag, entity, color value.

Installation on Debian “Buster”/”Bullseye” / Sparky 5/6 64 bit:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install cudatext

or via APTus-> Office.


The project page :
The project developers: Alexey Torgashin, Andrey Kvichanskiy
License: MPL 2.0


Sparky 4.12

Sparky live/install media of the ‘oldstable’ line updated up to version 4.12.
Sparky 4 “Tyche” is based on the Debian 9 oldstable “Stretch”.

• all packages updated as of March 11, 2020
• reconfigured Sparky repositoy to the present one
• added a new Sparky public key

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade vis Sparky Upgrade tool or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Sparky 2020.03

The March 2020 snapshot of Sparky 2020.03 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 7, 2020
– Calamares installer 3.2.20
– Linux kernel 5.4.19 as default (5.5.8 & 5.6-rc4 in Sparky unstable repos)
– changed qCamera webcam application to Cheese
– changed Vokoscreen to Vokoscreen-NG
– removed packages: radiotray, imagemagic
– GCC 10 is preinstalled, alongside to GCC 9 (default)
– LibreOffice
– Firefox 73.0.1
– Thunderbird 68.5.0

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a text based tool:


or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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