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Riot

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Riot

What is Riot?

Riot (formerly known as Vector) is a Matrix web client built using the Matrix React SDK. Riot is officially supported on the web in modern versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Other browsers may work, however official support is not provided.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install riot-web

or via Sparky APTus-> IM tab.

Alongside to Riot, two more the Matrix network client have been added to the APTus IM module as well: Quaternion and nheko.

Riot-Web

The Riot project page: about.riot.im
It is a free and open source application, released under the Apache License 2.0.

 

Sparky 2019.09

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.09 “Po Tolo” available to download. This is the 2nd snapshot of the (semi-)rolling line, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of September 1, 2019
• fixed issue in Advanced Installer which did not set home partition on non-root partition with no-formatting option (thank’s lami07)
• Firefox-ESR replaced with Firefox Latest
• GCC 9 is the default compiler now, GCC 8 removed
• Calamares installer 3.2.13
• Linux kernel 5.2.9 (5.2.11 & 5.3-rc6 available in Sparky unstable repos)
• Xfce 4.14
• LXQt 0.14.1
• Openbox 3.6.1-8

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.08 (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Know issues:
– upgrading Xfce desktop to the latest version 4.14 lost some desktop settings (wallpaper) so set it back after rebooting.

 

August 2019 donation report

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

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 7
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
USA
Jim O.
€ 22.97
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Krzysztof J. M.
PLN 50
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Mirosław K.
PLN 30
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Poland
Jan M.
PLN 120
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 15
Total:
€ 72.13
PLN 328
$ 10

Sparky news 2019/08

The 8th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2019.08 (semi-)rolling based on Debian testing “Bullseye” released
• Chours translate Wiki pages to Russian, so I do that to Polish as well; let me know if you would like to translate Sparky Wiki to your language
• Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.2.11 & 5.3-rc6
• Nemomen started translating Sparky tools to Hungarian
• added to repos: FreeOffice office suite

 

FreeOffice

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: FreeOffice

What is FreeOffice?

SoftMaker FreeOffice is a complete office suite. SoftMaker FreeOffice is powerful and fast, and reads and writes Microsoft Office documents flawlessly. It comes with the TextMaker word processor, the spreadsheet program PlanMaker and the presentations software Presentations…
…With FreeOffice 2018 you can not only open, but also save documents in the Microsoft file formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX. Share files directly with Microsoft Office users, without having to export them first.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install softmaker-freeoffice-2018

or via Sparky APTus-> Office tab.

FreeOffice

The FreeOffice project page: www.freeoffice.com
It’s completely free for both personal and commercial use.

 

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue available to download. Sparky ‘Po Tolo’ follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “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.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of August 7, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.19.37
– Calamares installer 3.2.11
– new Sparky6 theme
– new Tela icon set
– refreshed desktop look

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions is available as follows:
– GameOver 64bit Xfce
– Multimedia 64bit Xfce
– Rescue 32 & 64bit Openbox

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images of Sparky “Po Tolo” can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 2019.08

There are new live/install media of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” available to download. This is the 1st snapshot of the new (semi-)rolling line, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system updated from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of August 1, 2019
• added gcc 9 (gcc 8 is still the default one)
• new Sparky6 theme
• new Tela icon set
• refreshed desktop look
• sddm instead of lightdm (LXQt edition)
• Linux kernel 4.19.37 (5.1.21 EOL, 5.2.5 & 5.3-rc2 available at Sparky unstable repos)

As I mentioned before, Sparky of the rolling line is available to amd64/x86_64 machines only. Sparky rolling 32 bit is fully supported so if you have it, simply keep it up to date.

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo already
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New 64bit rolling iso images of Sparky Xfce, LXQt, MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Big thanks go to lami07 for his deep testing and reporting bugs.

Sparky Xfce

 

July 2019 donation report

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

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 2
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 7
Germany
Stefan Z.
€ 10
World
Tom F.
€ 20
World
Theodore R.
€ 5
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
World
Chingiz A.
€ 5
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
Poland
Marek M.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Alejandro T.R.
€ 7
World
Karl A.
€ 0.92
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Merlyn M.
$ 5
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Wojciech W.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
World
Kevin H.
€ 20
Poland
Jan M.
PLN 350
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Total:
€ 100.42
PLN 509
$ 15

Sparky news 2019/07

The 7th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:
• ChourS finished translating all Sparky tools to Russian; thank’s a lot!
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.1.21 EOL & 5.2.5 & 5.3-rc2
• Sparky 4 “Tyche” transferred to ‘oldstable’ line
• Sparky 5 “Nibiru” transferred to ‘stable’ line
• the last live/install media of the 4 line (oldstable) – 4.11 released; Sparky 4 will be supported next 2 years about
• the first live/install media of the new stable 5 line – 5.8 released
• updated all Sparky rebranding packages of the next rolling line; you should get it as a regular update already
• new rolling iso images are on the way, stay tuned

A few years ago, Sparky was releasing as a Rolling edition only, with no additional changes at its repositories required; it used just Debian & Sparky ‘testing’ repos.

After added Sparky ‘stable’ line, the rolling/testing edition automatically becomes ‘stable’ when ready, so there is manual installation of ‘testing’ repos back required now. With this fact, make sure, Sparky Rolling is a Semi-Rolling edition now.

 

What’s next Sparky?

As before, after releasing a new stable version of Sparky, there are a few changes to do.

So…

Sparky 4 “Tyche” is moved to oldstable line now.
The latest 4.11 release is the last one of the 4 line, but it is still supported, the next 2 years about.

Sparky 5 “Nibiru” just released, moving it from testing to stable line.
The stable live/install media are available for i686, amd64 & armhf archs (the same as the older release).

The present rolling line is based on Debian testing “bullseye” and…
• new iso images will be published for amd64 arch only (rolling only)
• according to Debian’s support of 32 bit packages, Sparky also supports the i386 repo and packs, so if you have Sparky i686 installed, simply keep it updating
• new iso images of Sparky rolling change their version’s number from a static one to a date, such as: YYYY.MM; it makes much more clear which one is stable (static number), and which one is rolling (date); so Sparky 6.0 will be published as a next stable release in about 2 years (after Bullseye become stable)
• next Sparky 6 code name is “Po Tolo” – it follows Sparky’s code names of planets

What does the “Po Tolo” mean?
In the language of the African Dogon tribe, “Po Tolo” means Sirius B.

From Wikibooks (PL):

The Dogon believe that they come from the space and landed to the accompaniment of roars and flames on a side of Lake Debo. They believe that they come from the star of Sirius B – a white dwarf star located near the Sirius A, which is the brightest star in the sky. Dogoni named the Sirius A – Sigi Tolo, and Sirius B – Po Tolo… …it was not known until the nineteenth century that astronomers in Europe assumed the existence of Sirius B, and its discovery took place in 1970.

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