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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.

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.

 

Sparky 4.10

New live/install images of SparkyLinux 4.10 “Tyche” are available to download.
Sparky 4 is based on Debian stable line of “Stretch”.

Sparky 4.10 offers a fully featured operating system with a lightweight LXDE desktop environment; and minimal images of MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) which lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice with a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer.

Sparky 4.10 armhf offers a fully featured operating system for single board mini computers RaspberryPi; with the Openbox window manager as default; and a minimal, text mode CLI image to customize it as you like.

No big changes, new images feature security updates and small improvements, such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian stable Stretch repos as of May 2, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.9.168 (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.14.98 (ARM)

There is no need to reinstall existing Sparky installations of 4.x line, simply make full system upgrade. Make sure you have ‘sparky-apt’ & ‘sparky4-apt’ packages installed, before performing the full upgrade.

Sparky PC:
user: live
password: live
root password is empty

Sparky ARM:
user: pi
password: sparky
root password: toor

New iso/zip images of the stable edition can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky 4.9 celebrates 100 years of Poland’s Independence

New live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.9 “Tyche” are available to download.
Sparky 4 is based on Debian stable line “Stretch” and built around the Openbox window manager.

Sparky 4.9 offers a fully featured operating system with a lightweight LXDE desktop environment; and minimal images of MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) which lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice with a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer.

Sparky 4.9 armhf offers a fully featured operating system for single board mini computers RaspberryPi; with the Openbox window manager as default; and a minimal, text mode CLI image to customize it as you like.

Additionally, Sparky 4.9 is offered as a special edition with the code name “100” as well. This is a very special edition, commemorating the 100 anniversary of Poland’s independence. A purpose of it is a memorable stuff which provides some informations about Polish history to users of all the world.

New iso images features security updates and small improvements, such as:
– full system upgrade from Debian stable repos as of November 8, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.9.110 (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.14.71 (ARM)
– added key bindings of configuration of monitor brightness (Openbox)
– added key bindings of configuration of system sound (Openbox & LXDE)
– added cron configuration to APTus Upgrade Checker

Added packages:
– xfce4-power-manager for power management
– sparky-libinput for tap to click configuration for touchpads
– xfce4-notifyd for desktop notifications
– ‘sparky-artwork-nature’ package features 10 more new nature wallpapers of Poland

Changes in the „100” special edition:
– added „sparky100” theme pack, which provides a special background to: desktop, Lightdm login manager, GRUB/ISOLINUX boot manager and Plymouth
– added a sub-menu called „100”, separated in English and Polish, which provides menu entries to Wikipedia, to let you find out about Polish National Independence Day and others, important informations from Polish history as well.

SparkyLinux 4.9 100

There is no need to reinstall existing Sparky installations of 4.x line, simply make full system upgrade.

Sparky PC:
user: live
password: live
root password is empty

Sparky ARM:
user: pi
password: sparky
root password: toor

New iso/zip images of the stable edition can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Many thanks go to Szymon “lami07” for testings, modifications and various improvements.

Sparky 4.8

New live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.8 “Tyche” are out.
Sparky 4 is based on Debian stable line “Stretch” and built around the Openbox window manager.

Sparky 4.8 offers a fully featured operating system with a lightweight LXDE desktop environment; and minimal images of MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) which lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice with a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer.

Sparky 4.8 armhf offers a fully featured operating system for single board mini computers RaspberryPi; with the Openbox window manager as default; and a minimal, text mode CLI image to customize it as you like.

All existing other desktops are fully supported, and can be installed via the Minimal iso images or after installing Sparky on a hard drive, via APTus-> Desktop tool.

Changelog:
– full system upgrade from Debian stable repos as of May 11, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.9.88 (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.14.34 (ARM)
– Calamares 3.1.12 with possibility of installing the live system on an encrypted disk
– added new option of live system booting which lets you choose your localization
– sparky tools which need the root access use pkexec now instead of gksu/gksudo/kdesudo/etc.
– added packages: xinit (provides startx command) and bleachbit (for cleaning the system)
– sparky advanced installer features 6 localizations now: Brazilian, English, German Italian, Polish and Portuguese
– APTus 0.4.x has been enlarged of new, additional applications and tools to be easy installed
– removed packages: gksu, gdebi, reportbug, sparky-fontset

There is no need to reinstall existing Sparky installations of 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8 RC, simply make full system upgrade.

Sparky PC:
user: live
password: live
root password is empty

Sparky ARM:
user: pi
password: sparky
root password: toor

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

Known issues:
– installing Openbox via MinimalCLI image makes problem with the ‘obmenu-generator’ package installation. To solve that, after running Sparky from hard drive, reinstall the package:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install --reinstall obmenu-generator

and install ‘sparky-desktop-openbox’ meta package as well.

 

Sparky 4.8 RC

There is a new, testing live/install iso image of SparkyLinux 4.8 RC “Tyche” available to download. Sparky 4 is based on Debian stable line “Stretch”.

Sparky 4.8 RC is a release candidate to upcoming next 4.8 stable release.

Changes between 4.7 and 4.8 RC:
– full system upgrade from Debian stable repos as of April 11, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.9.82
– Calamares 3.1.12 with an option of installing system on an encrypted disk
– added new option of live system booting which lets you choose a localization (via kernel parametr) and keyboard layout (via a new script)
– sparky tools which need the root access use pkexec now instead of gksu/gksudo/kdesudo/etc.
– added packages: xinit (provides startx command) and bleachbit (for cleaning the system)
– temporary removed gscreenshot and replaced with sparky-screenshot
– sparky advanced installer features 4 localizations now: Brazilian, English, German and Polish (more translations needed!); fixed removing partitions from the partition list after choosing and used them;

The final 4.8 release is planned in the middle of May and will be available in following versions: LXDE (full version), MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode).

New iso image of the development version can be downloaded from download/development page.

Sparky 4.7

There is an update of SparkyLinux 4.7 “Tyche” out there.
This is Sparky edition based on Debian stable line 9 code name “Stretch”.

No big changes, the new iso images provide updates of all installed packages, from Debian “Stretch” and Sparky repositories as of November 17, 2017.

Highlights:
– Linux kernel 4.9.0-4 (4.9.51)
– Xfce 4.12.3
– LXDE 0.99.2
– Openbox 3.6.1
– Firefox ESR 52.5.0
– Thunderbird 52.4.0
– Pidgin 2.12.0
– HexChat 2.12.4
– VLC 2.2.6
– DeaDBeeF 0.7.2
– LibreOffice 5.2.7
– Transmission 2.92
– Calamares 3.1.8

The new iso images can be used to perform fresh Sparky installation.

If you already have Sparky installed on a hard drive, simply make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

ISO images of Sparky 4.7 LXDE, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode) for i686 and x86_64/amd64 machines can be download from the download/stable page.

Consider a small donation which would help to keep Sparky project alive.

SparkyLinux

 

Pantheon desktop changes

The Pantheon Desktop Environment packages are installed in Sparky from a 3rd party repositories.

The latest upgrade has broken the desktop on Sparky 5.x based on Debian testing “Buster”.
The desktop packages are targeted to Debian Stretch and still work fine on Sparky 4.x.

So, I removed Pantheon desktop installation from MinimalGUI/CLI iso images, and blocked installation via APTus on Sparky 5.

Also added Slim display manager which (temporary ?) replaces Lightdm in the default installation.

Make sure, that a 3rd party packages are not built by Debian devs or me.

Installation of the Pantheon desktop can be done on Sparky 4.x via ‘sparky-aptus’ => 0.3.x with the latest version of ‘sparky-desktop’ => 20170902.

 

Sparky 4.6 STB

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.6-STB “Tyche” available to download.

This is the first Sparky edition based on Debian stable line 9 codename “Stretch”.

Sparky “Home” edition provides fully featured operating system with two lightweight desktops: LXDE and Xfce.

Sparky MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI lets you install the base system with a minimal set of applications and a desktop of your choice, via the Sparky Advanced Installer.

Changes between version 4.5 and 4.6-STB:
– full system upgrade from Debian 9 stable repos as of June 19, 2017
– Linux kernel 4.9.30 as default (4.10.x and 4.11.x available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– added new repo (not active): wine-staging.com
– deep cleaning from old packages and files of older releases
– email client Icedove replaced by Thunderbird
– changed http to https protocol of all Sparky services, including repository; updating the ‘sparky-apt’ package fixes it automatically
– new theme “Sparky5” which fixes look of gtk+ based applications
– added two new live system boot options:
1. toram – lets you load the whole live system into RAM memory (if you have enough);
2. text mode – if any problem with normal or failsafe boot, this option runs sparky in text mode and lets you install it using the advanced installer
– new tool for checking and displaying notification on your desktop about available updates
– Calamares 3.1 as default installer

Sparky edition based on the Openbox window manager (MinimalGUI) has gotten 3 key shortcuts:
– Super+t (terminal) -> terminal emulator
– Super+r (run) -> gexec
– Super+q (quit) -> logout window

You can transform your existing installation of Sparky 4.x based on Debian testing “Stretch” to based on Debian stable “Stretch”, see ho to: switch-sparky-testing-to-stable

To make fresh installation of Sparky 4.6 based on Debian stable “Stretch” use new iso images with the “STB” in the name: download/stable

If you have and prefer Sparky based on Debian “testing” line – simply keep it up to date.

Donate Sparky or buy an entry in our Web Dir (for only 5 Euros) to help keeping it alive.

 

Switch Sparky testing to stable

This short tutorial shows you how to switch Sparky based on Debian testing “Stretch” to upcoming Debian stable “Stretch”.

It’s for users whose prefer rock solid stability of Debian stable over never packages provide be Debian testing. So, you do not have to do that, if you stay on testing branch.

1. Change Debian repository from “testing” to “stretch” (use “stretch” not ‘stable”!):
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Change Sparky repository from “testing”:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky-testing.list
deb https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ testing main
deb-src https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ testing main

to “stable” (in the “sparky-testing-list”!):
deb https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ stable main
deb-src https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ stable main

Do not create new “sparky-stable.list” manually!.

3. Change pinning:
sudo nano /etc/apt/preferences.d/sparky
from:
Package: *
SparkyLinux,a=testing
Pin-Priority: 1001

and:
Package: *
SparkyLinux,a=stable
Pin-Priority: -10

to:
Package: *
SparkyLinux,a=testing
Pin-Priority: 500

and:
Package: *
SparkyLinux,a=stable
Pin-Priority: 1001

4. Refresh package list:
sudo apt-get update

5. Upgrade/install ‘sparky-apt’ package (it has to come from Sparky ‘stable’ repos):
sudo apt-get install sparky-apt

This operation downgrades the ‘sparky-apt’ and ‘sparky-core’ packages to version 4~xxxxxxxx.

6. Refresh package list again:
sudo apt-get update

7. Upgrade the system:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

That’s all, your Sparky installation is ready for upcoming Debian stable “Stretch” now.


 

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