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ClipGrab

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: ClipGrab

What is ClipGrab?

ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step.

Installation (Debian “Bullseye” / Sparky “Po Tolo” only – 64 & 32 bit):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install clipgrab

or via APTus-> VideoTools.

ClipGrab

The project page : clipgrab.org
The project founder is Philipp Schmieder
License: GNU General Public License 3

 

February 2020 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 March too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
World
Christian H.
€ 20
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
France
Jacky M.
€ 15
World
Ruedi L.
€ 10
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Germany
Daniel W.
€ 30
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 25
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Agostino M.
€ 30
World
Charles S.
€ 50
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
Poland
Marek M.
PLN 10
Germany
Jork S.
€ 5
Germany
Jürgen V.
€ 10
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Poland
Jerzy R.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 50
Total:
€ 193.66
PLN 265
$ 10

Sparky news 2020/02

The 2nd monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• migration to a new, bigger vps done; make sure to install a new public key of Sparky repository -> https://sparkylinux.org/migration-to-a-new-vps/
• Sparky 5.10.1 of the stable line released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.5.7 & 5.6-rc3
• added to our repos: Android Messages Desktop, MystiQ Video Converter
• Nemomen keep translating Sparky Wiki pages to Hungarian, thanks a lot
• Sparky 2020.02 and 2020.02.1 of the rolling line released
• Sparky Special Editions 2020.02 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released

Sparky 2020.02 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2020.02 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue have been released. It is based on the testing branch of Debian “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 February 16, 2020
• Calamares 3.2.18 + kpmcore 3.3.0
• Firefox 73.0
• LibreOffice 6.4.1-rc1
• Linux kernel 5.4.13 as default (5.5.4 & 5.6-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
• GCC 10 compiler is installed, alongside to GCC 9 (default)
• vokoscreen replaced by vokoscreen-ng
• camorama replaced by cheese
• removed packages from Multimedia iso: composite, hydrogen, videocut, phatch
• added packages to Multimedia iso: MystiQ
• added the new Sparky public key

System reinstallation is not required, install the new Sparky public key as follows:

wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

and make full system upgrade.

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

 

MystiQ

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: MystiQ

What is MystiQ?

MystiQ is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. MystiQ features an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you convert media files within a few clicks. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters in detail.

Installation (Debian “Buster”/”Bullseye” / Sparky “Nibiru”/”Po Tolo” amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mystiq

or via APTus-> VideoTools.

MystiQ

The project page at GitHub: github.com/llamaret/MystiQ
The project founder is Maikel Llamaret Heredia.
License: GNU General Public License 3

 
There is also a new video player called Celluloid added to APTus-> VideoPlayers, but it comes from Debian tesitng repos.

 

Sparky 2020.02.1

Sparky 2020.02.1 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

This is a minor update, which temporary fixes a problem of installing Sparky via Calamares with kpmcore 4.

Changes between Sparky 2020.02 and 2020.02.1:
• system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of February 13, 2020
• kpmcore downgraded to version 3.3.0
• Calamares installer rebuild using libkpmcore7 3.3.0

No system reinstallation is required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

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

Sparky 2020.02

Sparky 2020.02 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
* system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of February 9, 2020
* Calamares installer 3.2.18
* Linux kernel 5.4.13 as default (5.5.2 & 5.6-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
* Firefox 72.0.2
* Thunderbird 68.4.2
* LibreOffice 6.4.0
* VLC 3.0.8
* Exaile 4.0.2, etc.
* added the new Sparky public key

System reinstallation is not required, install the new Sparky public key as follows:

wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

and make full system upgrade:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Known issues:
* Calamares installer failed if you install Sparky in full auto mode with full disk encryption and a swap partiton; it works fine without a swap partition;

Android Messages Desktop

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Android Messages™ Desktop

What is Android Messages™ Desktop?

Android Messages as a Cross-platform Desktop App

Features:
– System notifications when a text comes in
– Notification badges on macOS
– Spellchecking in ~50 languages
– Run in background on Windows / Linux / macOS
– Minimize to tray on Windows / Linux
– Menu bar support on macOS
– TBD…

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install android-messages-desktop

or via APTus-> IM.

Android Messages Desktop

The project page at GitHub: github.com/chrisknepper/android-messages-desktop
The project founder is Chris Knepper.

 

Sparky 5.10.1

There is a minor update of live/install media of Sparky 5.10.1 “Nibiru” of the stable line.

Changes between 5.10 and 5.10.1:
– the base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of February 04, 2020
– added new Sparky repository public key to avoid problems during fresh installation and upgrading Sparky after the first boot

Existing Sparky users: system reinstallation is not required, install the new Sparky public key as follows:
wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
and do not remove the old one.

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

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavors:
– 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.

January 2020 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 February too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Dominik P.
€ 15
Poland
Arkadiusz G.
$ 5.55
France
Jacky M.
€ 15
Germany
Anja G.
€ 10
World
Ruedi L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Rober C.
PLN 100
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Germany
Guenter R.
€ 50
Germany
Klaus-Peter K.
€ 25
Poland
Mariusz B.
PLN 30
World
Agostino M.
€ 30
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Kevin C.
$ 2
Poland
Andrzej O.
PLN 25
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
World
Tomas C.
€ 13
Poland
Paweł D.
PLN 100
Poland
Michał R.
PLN 50
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 20
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 50
Total:
€ 191.66
PLN 506
$ 17.55

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