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10 years of SparkyLinux!

Exactly 10 years ago, in October 2011, we started a work with a new Linux distribution, and on November 4, 2011 the first beta of our system released.

A bit of history:

Initially, our project began to live under the name ue17r as Ubuntu Enlightenment17 Remix and was a modification of Xubuntu Linux, from which the standard desktop was removed and replaced by Enlightenment 17.
More details on the website (in Polish only): https://linuxiar.pl/ue17r-b1/

After community voting, on January 15, 2012 ue17r renamed to SparkyLinux.
Details on the website (in Polish only): https://linuxiami.pl/konkurs-ue17r-koniec/

That’s how it comes.

Sparky 10 years

SparkyLinux is currently based on Debian and had over 30 major releases, not including the beta and rc releases.
About releases on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux enjoys a lot of interest and is appreciated all around the world, as evidenced by positive comments from satisfied users.

So, if you like and use SparkyLinux – please support the project and our work.

Donate

There are our archived versions of ue17r beta3 and SparkyLinux 1.0 available on ArchiveOS.org so you can check and see how the project looked 10 years ago. Keep in mind that this is a prototype and not everything may work properly.

Thank you for being with us and supporting our open-source projects – we hope it will be continued for many more years!

Aneta & Paweł

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/10-lat-sparkylinux/

Sparky news 2021/05

The 5th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.12.8 & 5.11.22 (EOL) & 5.13-rc3
– Sparky 5.15 “Nibiru” of the stable line released
– Yad updated up to 10.1 & APTus AppCenter up to 20210524
– added new mirror in USA; thanks to fosshost.org
– added to repos: TagSpaces, Librewolf, Riseup-VPN, Hamsket
– added an option of ProtonVPN installation via APTus AppCenter, the package is not in Sparky repos, but can be automatically downloaded and installed from ProtonVPN server

Thanks to:
– Daniel for his help of settings the new mirror in USA
– lami07 for new social icons and web page logo

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

Don’t forget to send a small tip in June too, please.

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Michael R.
$ 10
World
Stefan L.
$ 5
World
Mitchel V.
$ 50
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
C.M.M. H.
€ 15
World
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 70
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Dariusz B.
€ 1.66
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 55.55
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Magdalena T.
€ 4.26
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Варюхин С.
€ 7.79
Poland
Aleksander G.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
World
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
USA
Four F.
€ 25
Poland
Jan Z.
PLN 50
World
Americ L.
€ 10
Poland
Paweł B.
PLN 100
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
World
Daniel B.
€ 20
World
Harry T.
€ 20
Poland
Marek S.
PLN 100
Poland
Zbigniew B.
PLN 50
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Ralf A.
€ 10
World
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Poland
Tomasz W.
PLN 60
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 5
Total:
68%
€ 182.37
PLN 817.55
$ 90

* 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 5.15

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

 

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