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Linux kernel 5.5

The first release of the Linux kernel of the new 5.5 line 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 enable it to upgrade (if you have older version already installed) or to make fresh installation:
https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/repository

Follow the Wiki page: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/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 a Linux kernel, simply run APTus-> System-> Uninstall Old Kernel tool.

 

Stremio

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Stremio

What is Stremio?

Stremio is a one-stop hub for video content aggregation. Discover, organize and watch video from all kind of sources on any device that you own.
Movies, TV shows, series, live television or web channels like YouTube and Twitch.tv – you can find all this on Stremio.

Features
– Easily discover new movies, TV shows, series and channels to watch. Browse by category, genre, rating, recency, etc.
– All of your video content on one screen
– Organize your video library
– Keep track of everything you watch
– Enjoy your video content on a bigger screen
– Watch video from many different sources

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install stremio

or via APTus-> VideoPlayer.

Stremio

The project page at GitHub: github.com/Stremio/stremio-shell
It is a free and open source application, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3.

 

Sparky 5.10

A quarterly update of live/install media of Sparky 5.10 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian 10 “Buster”.

Changes:
– the base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of January 10, 2020
– Linux kernel 4.19.67-2+deb10u1 LTS (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.19.75-v7+ (ARMHF)
– Chromium web browser changed to Firefox-ESR (ARMHF)
– small bug fixes and small improvements

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.9 installed 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.

ElectronPlayer

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: ElectronPlayer

What is ElectronPlayer?

An Electron Based Web Video Services Player. Supporting Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, Floatplane, Hulu And More. It is the successor to Netflix-Desktop.

Features
– Multiple Streaming Services Support (JSON Configuration to add extra)
– Adblock
– Always On Top Window
– Set Startup Page (Any Service or Remember Last Opended Page)
– Frameless Window
– Rough Mac Picture in Picture Support (Floating Window, Above All Desktop and Fullscreen Applications)
– Full Screen Window on Startup

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install electronplayer

The ElectronPlayer been tested on Debian “Bullseye”/Sparky “Po Tolo” only, but should work on the stable line too.

ElectronPlayer

The project page at GitHub: github.com/oscartbeaumont/ElectronPlayer
Author: Oscar Beaumont
It is a free and open source application, released under the MIT License.

 

December 2019 donation report

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects! Your donations help keeping them alive.

In a few days a migration to a new, bigger vps will be done, our services can be temporary unavailable, including Sparky repos, which have to be restored after. Anyway, I will let you know about a progress via social media.

As mentioned a month ago, and starting from the January 2020 we will be trying (asking all of you) to collect PLN 1000/€ 250/$ 270 (at least) every month, to cover most our important needs, please.

Anyway, thank’s a lot for your last donations and don’t forget to send a small tip in January too 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Marek M.
PLN 10
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 5
World
Monte K.
€ 5
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Kevin C.
$ 2
Germany
Ronald T.
€ 30
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Poland
Rafał B.
PLN 50
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
Poland
marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Rafał C.
PLN 100
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
World
Ruedi L.
€ 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
World
Agostino M.
€ 30
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 25
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Paweł D.
PLN 50
Poland
Jan M.
PLN 120
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
World
Robert C.
€ 15
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Petr U.
€ 15
Total:
€ 138.66
PLN 555
$ 12

November 2019 donation report

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects! Your donations help keeping them alive.

The last October and November all donations brought what we need to pay monthly bills and to cover our VPS as well, thank’s lot! The server bill is already paid so the new one will be ordered soon, and I will tell you know when, via social media, to make sure some problems are possible.

Anyway, counting all our bills and basic needs, we will be trying (asking all of you) to collect PLN 1000/€ 250/$ 270 every month, starting from the January 2020. It is really difficult to survive doing our works for free, selling nothing, as you know that, having the present amount of donations and a few Euros from the adds only. Sad but true.

Anyway, thank’s again for your last donations and don’t forget to send a small tip in December too 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Michał M.
PLN 50
World
Peter E.
€ 25
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Kevin C.
$ 2
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 50
Poland
Martyna K.
PLN 10
World
Ruedi L.
€ 10
World
Julian D.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Agostino M.
€ 30
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
Poland
M. M.
PLN 25
World
Carlos F.
€ 5
USA
Ryans Products LLC
€ 25
Poland
Marcin C.
PLN 50
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Poland
Lech S.
PLN 50
Total:
€ 141.16
PLN 405
$ 12

Sparky 2019.12

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.12 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of December 1, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.17
• Linux kernel 5.3.9 as default (5.4.1 & 5.3.14 in Sparky unstable repos)

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues:
• encryption mode only – it works if you don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

Sparky news 2019/11

The 11th monthly report of the 2019 of the Sparky project:

• waterfox package changed its name to waterfox-classic-kpe
• Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released
• Sparky 2019.11.1 MinimalGUI released to fix: GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma fresh installation; and removing some packages from live
• added new locales to Sparky tools: Greek provided by jidan; and updated Italian and Japanese locales as well; thank’s a lot for translations
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.4.1 & 5.3.14
• CDE desktop updated up to 2.3.1 (stable & testing lines)
• added to repos: Videomass

 

Sparky 2019.11

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 2, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.8 & 5.4-rc5 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Openbox edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu (+obmenu)
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

October 2019 donation report

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects! Your donations help keeping them alive.

The last October donations brought ~75% what we asked for, so there is PLN 500/€ 125/$ 135 about missing to cover the VPS bill. As every month we also need PLN 500/€ 125/$ 135 to cover our other bills, Sparky and Linux related project, so consider to send extra tip this month to let us keep our services and work running, please.

I really hope we can do it with the best community in the World as you are!

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
USA
Ryans Products LLC
€ 25
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Kevin C.
$ 2
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 40
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 10
France
Aymeric L.
€ 35
Poland
Sebastian K.
PLN 50
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
USA
Daniel S.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Agostino M.
€ 30
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
Poland
Marek M.
PLN 10
World
Massimo F.
€ 50
Poland
Paweł G.
PLN 50
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Francisco G.
€ 10
Germany
Stefen Z.
€ 10
Germany
William S.
€ 50
Total:
€ 276.16
PLN 340
$ 12

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