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Sparky 2020.09

The September snapshot of Sparky 2020.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

This release provides package updates and fixed an issue of the Sparky Advanced Installer, which generated broken fstab. There is no problem if you have installed Sparky 2020.08 using Calamares (called Sparky Installer).

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 31, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.17 (5.8.5 & 5.9-rc3 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 80
• LibreOffice 7.0.1-rc1
• fixed the Advanced Installer issue; thanks to lami07

System re-installation is not required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

The Special Edition iso images have been already updated too.

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

 

Sparky news 2020/08

The 8th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2020.08 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 2020.08 Special Editions released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.8.5 & 5.9-rc2
• added to repos: Warpinator, Gmail Desktop, Joplin, Gis Weather

There is an issue in the Advanced Installed which generates broken fstab in the latest rolling iso images, so all of them have to be updated. No problem if you installed Sparky using Calamares.

 

July 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.

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
Poland
Adam P.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Tomasz H.
PLN 33
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 100
Germany
Torsten R.
€ 50
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Marek S.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Germany
Antony J.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Grzegorz J.
PLN 25
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 50
Germany
Ralf A.
€ 15
Poland
Paweł W.
PLN 5
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 25
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
World
Hugh D.
€ 15
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Grzegorz T.
PLN 100
Germany
Eric H.
€ 25
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Germany
Gerhard B.
€ 50
Germany
No name
€ 20
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
World
David M.
€ 30
Total:
77%
€ 283.66
PLN 689
$ 45

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

Sparky 5.12

A quarterly update point release of Sparky 5.12 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.11 and 5.12:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of July 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.118
• Firefox 68.10.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.9.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus)
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active Internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation

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

Sparky news 2020/04

The 4th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.6.8 & 5.7-rc3
• added to our repos: Picom, Sparky-Picom, Delta Chat Desktop, jgmenu, Waterfox current
• changed ‘obmenu’ to ‘jgmenu’ at Sparky Openbox edition of the rolling line
• Sparky stable 5.11 released
• Sparky 2020.04~dev0 with experimental support of installation on machines with Secure Boot released
• lami07 works hard on a modern version of Openbox edition called “Noir”, which will be available to install via APTus and Minimal iso, stay tuned
• ‘sparky-su’ has gotten an option to check given password

 

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”.

Changes:
– 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: https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-named-repos/
– 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:

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 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

Sparky Upgrade

See also the Wiki page: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/aptus_upgrade

 

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: sparkylinux.org/sparky-named-repos/
• 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.

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