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Sparky 5.8 “Nibiru”

There are new live/install media of SparkyLinux 5.8 “Nibiru” available to download.
This is the 1st release of the new stable line, which is based on the Debian 10 “Buster”.

Changes:
– based on Debian 10 stable “Buster” now, repositories changed from ‘testing’ to ‘stable’
– system upgraded from Debian stable “Buster” repos as of July 14, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.19.37-5 (i686 & amd64)
– Linux kernel 4.19.57-v7+ (ARMHF)
– the Calamares installer updated up to version 3.2.11
– apt-daily.service disabled
– sparky-tube installed as dafault
– removed old 3rd party repositories
– added obconf-qt (LXQt edition)
– nm-tray installed instead of network-manager-gnome (LXQt edition)
– network-manager added to CLI ARMHF image
– small fixes

System reinstallation is not required. If you have Sparky 5.x installed make sure your OS uses Debian’s ‘buster’ or ‘stable’ repos, and make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky5-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky 5.8 is available in the following flavors:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

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

Changing the repositories moves Sparky 5 from ‘rolling’ to ‘stable’ line now.
If you would like to keep Sparky rolling, read the post: https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-5-transition/

Sparky 4.11

New live/install iso/img images of Sparky 4.11 are out.

Sparky 4.11 “Tyche” is the last release of the 4 line which moves the base system from Debian stable “Stretch” to Debian oldstable “Stretch”.

Make sure that Sparky 4 will be supported next 2 years about, so if you keep running your machine with Sparky 4, do regular system upgrade.

Changes:
• all packages upgraded from Debian & Sparky ‘oldstable’ repos as of 2019/July/09
• fixed root password at armhf images (toor)
• added network-manager (nmtui) to armhf-cli image

No need to reinstall your existing Sparky 4 installation.

Make full system upgrade as follow:
Check is your system uses ‘stretch’ repos at the /etc/apt/sources.list , then:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky4-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky 4 iso/img images can be downloaded from the download/oldstable page.

Linux kernel 5.2

 

The first release of Linux kernel of the new 5.2 line just landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Build status:
– amd64 – build and installed OK -> uploaded
– 686-pae – build and installed OK -> uploaded

The Sparky’s Linux kernel is available in Sparky “unstable” repository, so enabled it to upgrade (if you have older version already installed) or to make fresh installation:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository

Follow the Wiki page: https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/linux_kernel to install the latest Sparky’s Linux kernel.

Then reboot your machine to take effects.

To quick remove older version of the Linux kernel, simply run APTus-> System-> Uninstall Old Kernel tool.

 

Sparky 5 transition

Sparky 5 based on Debian 10 “Buster” has been moved to the new stable line now.

What you should do now?

1. Check Debian repositories to make sure your OS uses ‘buster’ (or ‘stable’) repos at the /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Sparky 5 automatically changes its own repositories from testing to stable, by upgrading the ‘sparky5-apt’ package:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-apt sparky5-apt

3. Then make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky Upgrade Tool should install the latest ‘sparky5-apt’ package before performing the system upgrade, but if it doesn’t, close the Upgrade Tool and do it manually in a terminal emulator, as above.

If you would like to keep using the rolling edition based on Debian testing:
1. Check Debian repositories to make sure your OS uses ‘testing’ repos at the /etc/apt/sources.list
2. Temporary change Sparky repos from ‘stable’ to ‘testing’ at the /etc/apt/sources.d/sparky-stable.list if your system uses Sparky ‘stable’ repos already, and refresh package list:
sudo apt update
3. Install the latest version of the following packages: ‘sparky-apt’, ‘sparky6-apt’, ‘sparky-core’; the ‘sparky5-apt’ package has to be removed.
sudo apt install sparky-apt sparky6-apt sparky-core
4. Then make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Let me know if you find any problem with upgrading your Sparky installation, please.

Sparky 4 transition

Sparky 4 based on Debian 9 “Stretch” has been moved from stable to oldstable line now and is still supported.

What you should do now?

If you would like to keep Sparky 4 based on Stretch, you have to:
1. Check Debian repositories to make sure your os uses ‘stretch’ repos, at the /etc/apt/sources.list
2. Install the latest version of ‘sparky4-apt’ package which points to Sparky oldstable repos now:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-apt sparky4-apt

3. Then make system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Sparky Upgrade Tool should install the latest ‘sparky4-apt’ package before performing the system upgrade, but if it doesn’t, close the Upgrade Tool and do it manually in a terminal emulator, as above.

More info about Sparky Oldstable repositories can be found at the Wiki page: repository_oldstable

If you would like to upgrade Sparky 4 to Sparky 5 – it is possible, but I recommend to make fresh Sparky 5 installation.
By the way, if you decide to make such upgrade, do:
1. Change Debian repos from ‘stretch’ to ‘buster’ or keep ‘stable’ at the /etc/apt/sources.list
2. Temporary change Sparky repos from ‘oldstable’ to ‘stable’ at the /etc/apt/sources.d/sparky-oldstable.list if your system uses Sparky ‘oldstable’ repos already, and refresh package list:
sudo apt update
3. Install the latest version of ‘sparky5-apt’ package which has to remove ‘sparky4-apt’:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-apt sparky5-apt

4. Then upgrade the system:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

If any problem:
sudo apt install -f

Let me know if you find any problem with your system upgrade, please.

 

June 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 July too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof K-P.
€ 12
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Germany
Edgar H.
€ 3
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 0.92
Poland
Piotr K.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Audun N.
€ 25
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
Poland
Mieczysław K.
PLN 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
World
Richard A.
€ 5
World
Sebastian R.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek W.
PLN 50
Slovakia
Frantisek K.
€ 15
World
Frank W.
€ 50
World
Anton G.
€ 10
Germany
Stefan Z.
€ 10
Poland
Tomasz W.
PLN 2
Poland
Tomasz W.
PLN 5
World
Adrian B.
$ 1
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Merlyn M.
$ 5
Total:
€ 173,42
PLN 302
$ 16

Sparky news 2019/06

The 6th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 5.8 RC based on Debian testing Buster has been released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.1.15 & 5.2-rc7
• added to repos: Baka-MPlayer, Atom editor
• preparations to next Sparky stable 5 “Nibiru” are on the way
• Sparky 5.8 RC2 ARMHF for RaspberryPi is out and ready for testing

 

Sparky 5.8 RC2 ARMHF

New images of Sparky 5.8 RC2 for RaspberryPi are ready to go. Sparky 5.8 RC is a release candidate and is based on upcoming Debian stable Buster.

The ARMHF images are available in two flavours:
• CLI – a text based OS only, so you can configure the system in your way
• Openbox – graphical version with the Openbox window manager and a few pre-installed applications

Known issues:
– Openbox edition: the Openbox starts, but other tools (panel, wallpaper, network manager, audio applet, etc.) could not start at first time; if so, wait 2 minutes about to let one of my scripts works and simply reboot (an active network connection required!)

Please test the new images and report whatever you find.
The 5.8 release candidate iso/img images can be downloaded from the download/development page.

Edit 2019/07/01:
Image 5.8 RC3 fixed the above problem, but the first Openbox loading can be a little longer than normal.

Sparky 5.8 RC

New live/install iso images of Sparky 5.8 RC are out. Sparky 5.8 RC is a release candidate of the next stable line and is based on upcoming Debian stable Buster.

Changes between Sparky 5.7.x and 5.8 RC:
• Debian repo set to buster now, not to testing
• Sparky repo still points to testing, and will be updated automatically soon
• usrmerge set dirs symlinks (can be removed after)
• added inxi tool to all iso images
• all packages updated from Debian Buster repos as of July 3, 2019
• due to a few feedbacks I got, some of you are not happy with switching from LXDE to LXQt edition, so there is the Xfce edition re-built and ready to use
• due to problem with sparky5 theme in the Xfce edition, a new sparky6 theme is set as default (Xfce only)
• many Sparky apps have gotten Russian translations, thank’s to ChourS
• Calamares updated up to 3.2.9
• Firefox replaced by Firefox ESR

Please test the new iso images and report whatever you find.
The 5.8 release candidate iso images can be downloaded from the download/development page.

May 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 June too, please 🙂

 

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Adrian B.
$ 1
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Merlyn M.
$ 5
World
Peter E.
€ 10
Germany
Edgar H.
€ 3
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Germany
Markus F.
€ 15
World
John C.
€ 10
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
Poland
Zbigniew K.
PLN 100
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
Czech Republik
Patrick S.
€ 12
World
Karl A.
€ 0,92
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Piotr K.
PLN 20
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Jan S.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
World
Jorg S.
€ 2,5
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 7
World
Sergio O.
€ 5
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Total:
PLN 318
€ 88,42
$ 16

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