There is a new application available for Sparkers: eDEX-UI

What is eDEX-UI?

eDEX-UI is a fullscreen, cross-platform terminal emulator and system monitor that looks and feels like a sci-fi computer interface.

Heavily inspired from the TRON Legacy movie effects (especially the Board Room sequence), the eDEX-UI project was originally meant to be “DEX-UI with less « art » and more « distributable software »”. While keeping a futuristic look and feel, it strives to maintain a certain level of functionality and to be usable in real-life scenarios, with the larger goal of bringing science-fiction UXs to the mainstream.

– Fully featured terminal emulator with tabs, colors, mouse events, and support for curses and curses-like applications.
– Real-time system (CPU, RAM, swap, processes) and network (GeoIP, active connections, transfer rates) monitoring.
– Full support for touch-enabled displays, including an on-screen keyboard.
– Directory viewer that follows the CWD (current working directory) of the terminal.
– Advanced customization using themes, on-screen keyboard layouts, CSS injections. See the wiki for more info.
– Optional sound effects made by a talented sound designer for maximum hollywood hacking vibe.


Build on i386 arch failed, so the package can be installed on amd64 and ARMHF Debian/Sparky stable & testing.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install edex-ui


Copyright Gaby ‘GitSquared’
License: GNU GPL 3


Sparky XTerm 0.2.0

There is an update of Sparky XTerm 0.2.0 available in our repository.

Sparky XTerm is a tool which choose a x-terminal-emulator for sparky tools. It was choosing a desktop related emulator before, but due to some problems I changed to xterm only, which works fine but… need something much spicy.

I reconfigured sparky-xterm to use tilda with my config (or xterm as backup), with transparency enabled as default. Most desktops support that, a few (lxde, lxqt) and all window managers don’t, so compton can be used for example (via Sparky Compton manager for example) to do so.

The result is as above, no borders, no title, no button on the panel…

Sparky XTerm with transparenced Tilda

Installation/upgrade as follow:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt install sparky-xterm

It doesn’t make any change so far, still uses xterm as default!

If 1
If you would like to test or use new config, simply install ’tilda’ package.
sudo apt install tilda
If 2
If your desktop environment or widnow manager doesn’t support transparency as default, turn it on via the desktop related configuration tool or install ‘sparky-compton’ package and turn the compton on.
If 3
If you don’t like using sparky tools with tilda, simply uninstall tilda package, so all sparky tools will be using xterm back as before.

35 tools have been reconfigured to use new configuration, so let me know if you find any problem, please.