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Sparky 5.15

There is a next point release of Sparky 5.15 “Nibiru” of the stable line ready to go. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.14 and 5.15:
* system upgraded from Debian & Sparky stable repos as of May 2, 2021
* Linux kernel 4.19.181 (PC)
* Linux kernel 5.10.17-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.10.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.10.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* small improvements
* fonts Sans set to size 11

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed, make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

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 live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

uGet & KGet Integrators

There are two new tools available for Sparkers: uGet & KGet Integrators

What is uGet?

uGet is a lightweight yet powerful Open Source download manager for GNU/Linux developed with GTK+, which also comes packaged as a portable Windows app.

What is KGet?

KGet is a versatile and user-friendly download manager.

What is uGet Integrator?

Integrate uGet Download Manager with Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Vivaldi and Mozilla Firefox.

What is KGet Integrator?

KGet Integration captures the downloads to download them in KGet. This application is designed for Linux. This work was heavily based on the uGet Integrator. Most changes are the name, variables and icons. Plus the kget-integrator is smaller as KGet supports less features.

uGet Integrator installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install uget-integrator

KGet Integrator installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kget-integrator

uGet

uGet Integrator License: GNU GPLv3
uGet Integrator Web: github.com/ugetdm/uget-integrator

KGet Integrator License: GNU GPLv3
KGet Integrator Web: github.com/NicolasGuilloux/KGet-Integrator

 

Rocket.Chat Desktop

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Rocket.Chat Desktop

What is Rocket.Chat?

Rocket.Chat is a reliable communication platform for high-private team chatting and collaboration. Highly scalable, our solution increases business efficiency by bringing messages, video calls, file sharing and all team communication into one place.
Desktop application for Rocket.Chat is available for macOS, Windows and Linux using Electron.

Features:
– Team Collaboration
– Remote Work
– Multi-platform
– Highly Configurable
– File sharing
– Tex Math rendering
– Video conferencing
– Screen sharing
– Multiple Integrations

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install rocketchat

or via APTus -> IM -> Rocket.Chat icon.

Rocket.Chat

License: MIT
Web: github.com/RocketChat/Rocket.Chat.Electron

 

Filmulator

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Filmulator

What is Filmulator?

Filmulator is a raw photo editing application with library management focusing on: simplicity over flexibility, ease of learning and streamlined workflow.

Filmulator accepts raw files from cameras and simulates the development of film as if exposed to the same light as the camera’s sensor. This brings about several benefits:
– Large bright regions become darker, compressing the output dynamic range.
– Small bright regions make their surroundings darker, enhancing local contrast.
– In bright regions, saturation is enhanced, helping retain color in bright skies, brighter skin tones, and sunsets.
– In extremely saturated regions, the brightness is attenuated, helping retain detail e.g. in flowers.

What is Filmulator-GUI?

A Qt Quick GUI adaptation of Filmulator – a film emulator with all of the positives and none of the negatives.

The program’s design ideology is to have the best tool for any job, and only that one tool. The tradeoff here is a slight decrease in flexibility, but gaining a greatly simplified and streamlined user interface.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install filmulator-gui

or via APTus -> Graphics-> Filmulator icon.

Filmulator-GUI

Copyright ©2014 Omer Mano and Carlo Vaccari
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/CarVac/filmulator-gui

 

Sparky 2021.03

Sparky 2021.03 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is the first snapshot in 2021 of Sparky which is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– packages upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 5, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.10.13 (5.11.3 & 5.12-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
– Firefox 86.0
– Thunderbird 78.8.0
– LibreOffice 7.0.4.2
– LXQt 0.16.0
– MATE 1.24.1
– Xfce 4.16
– Openbox 3.6.1
– New edition with KDE Plasma 5.20.5
– VLC 3.0.12
– Exaile 4.1.0
– Calamares 3.2.37 + kpmcore 20.12.3
– Sparky APTus AppCenter 20210302
– added extra keyboard shortcuts to Xfce, LXQt and Openbox: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/custom_shortcuts
– removed packages: sparky-xdf, bleachbit

LXQt:
– audio player: Exaile replaced by Clementine
– IM: Pidgin replaced by Kopete; HexChat replaced by Konversation
– Web: Cheese replaced by Webcamoid

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Known issues:
– can not open terminal emulator via right click in Thunar in all non Xfce desktops and window managers; it requires xfce4-settings to be installed

 

Sparky APTus 0.4.36

Sparky APTus has been upgraded up to 0.4.36 (Sparky 5) & 0.4.38 (Sparky 6).

There are small, but notable changes of APTus, which provide:
– added Debian RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5 & 6)
– added Debian Backports Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– Added Debian Backports RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– separated Linux kernel amd64 & i686 installation of Debian and Liquorix kernels (Sparky 5 & 6); it means, the kernel installer shows amd64 kernels only on the list of amd64 machines and shows i686 & i686-pae kernels only on machines i686.

* No need to manually configure the Debian backports repos on Sparky stable 5 – the tool will do that for you.
* If you already configured Debian backports repos – simply disable or remove it.

The new small features will be moved to APTus AppCenter too.

APTus kernel installation

 

Gomuks

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gomuks

What is Gomuks?

A terminal Matrix client written in Go using mautrix and mauview.

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gomuks

General usage:
– /help – View command list.
– /quit – Close gomuks.
– /clearcache – Clear room state and close gomuks.
– /logout – Log out, clear caches and go back to the login view.
– /fingerprint – Shows the Device ID and fingerprint, allowing verification of the session.
– /toggle – Toggle user preferences.
— rooms – Room list sidebar.
— users – User list sidebar.
— baremessages – Bare message mode where the sender name is inline with the messages.
— images – Text image rendering.
— typingnotif – Outgoing typing notifications.
— emojis – :emoji: conversion when sending messages.
— html – HTML input.
— markdown – Markdown input.
— downloads – Automatic downloads (this will also prevent images from working).
— notifications – Desktop notifications.
— unverified – Sending (e2ee keys for) messages to unverified devices. You need restart gomuks for this setting to take effect.

More info at the project’s GitHub wiki page.

Gomuks

Author: Tulir Asokan
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tulir/gomuks/

 

Zettlr

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Zettlr

What is Zettlr?

A Markdown Editor for the 21st century. With Zettlr, writing professional texts is easy and motivating: Whether you are a college student, a researcher, a journalist, or an author — Zettlr has the right tools for you.

Features:
– Available in over a dozen languages
– Tight and ever-growing integration with your favourite reference manager (such as Zotero or JabRef)
– Cite with Zettlr using citeproc and your existing literature database
– Five themes and dark mode support
– File-agnostic writing: Enjoy full control over your own files
– Keep all your notes and texts in one place — searchable and accessible
– Code highlighting for many languages
– Simple and beautiful exports with Pandoc, LaTeX, and Textbundle
– Support for state of the art knowledge management techniques (Zettelkasten)
– A revolutionary search algorithm with integrated heatmap

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install zettlr

Zettlr

License: GNU GPL v.3
Web: github.com/Zettlr/Zettlr

 

Sparky 2020.12

The December snapshot of Sparky 2020.12 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of December 3, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.9.11 (5.9.12 & 5.10-rc6 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.34 + kpmcore 4.2.0
• APTus replaced by APTus AppCenter 20201203-RC1; it is still under development but it is enough stable to let you test and work on it https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-aptus-appcenter/
• added ‘sparky-www’ – it is a small package, which provides a custom Sparky’s start page, powered by DuckDuckGo, to your favorite web browser; the start page is located at /opt/sparky/index.html and has to be loaded manually to a web browser, after installing the package https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/sparky_www
• Firefox 83.0
• Thunderbird 78.5.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.3
• VLC 3.0.11
• Exaile 4.1.0 beta1
• libpython3.9 is installed, but Python 3.8 is still the default one
• python2.x & libpython2.x removed
• GCC 10.2.0 as the default compiler
• added RSS feed clients: QuiteRSS to LXQt and Liferea to MATE and Xfce iso images

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or via APT:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

 

2020 annual payment of our server

DonateThe annual payment day for our server is coming.

We know that the situation is very difficult for all of us, because the virus paralyzes not only our bodies, and businesses too, but if you are in a position to help us, please support us – without your support we will not be able to keep it running, because we only exist thanks to you.

Until January 31, 2021 we have to collect and pay for our server 1500 PLN/360 Euros/430 USD plus min. 2600 PLN/~620 Euros/~ 740 USD for our monthly bills, such as: electricity, gas, water, internet, domains, expenses related to improving the functionality of websites, small computer equipment that wears out constantly (memory, pen drives, mice, batteries, etc. …), fuel, as well as rent, food, drugs and immortal taxes.

This is a bigger amount than usual, so we start collecting today. If we do not pay – we could disappear from the network, but we believe, with your help, we will be able to do it.

There are 2 collection progress bars will appear on the website.
The first bar for monthly support, and the second one for the collection to the server, so add a note: support and/or collection to the server, as a message to your donation, please. The amounts without a note will be transferred equally (in half) to both collections.

Unfortunately, better times we know before the Coronavirus have not returned yet, and there are no signs that they will come back soon, so we would like to collect the minimum national wage every month; from January 2021 it is PLN 2,800/~670 €/~800 USD.

Linuxiarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOS and SoftMania is our only job we have and our only source of income. The two of us only live off your monthly support and small advertising incomes. It’s not possible to survive in the Polish capital having small income from the adds, so your support is very important to us.

Anyway, if any of you have something interesting for us to offer – we are open to cooperation.

We wholeheartedly thank you for your support, which is, as always, invaluable.
Thanks to people like you, we have the power to create and continue to operate.

Visit the donation page to find out how to send a donation.

Stay healthy.
Aneta and Paweł

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