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Sparky Backup Sys 20180327

Call for translating & testing: Sparky Backup Sys 20180327.

Sparky Backup Sys is a Yad based GUI to Sparky Backup Core tool.
The Sparky Backup Core provides scripts to make a bootable iso image of your Sparky installation and the Advanced Installer as well.

All Sparky Backup related tools have been localized (English and Polish available now) so translate the tools to your language, please.

There are 3 backup packages, but 4 locale files to be translated:
– sparky-advanced-installer
– sparky-backup-core
– sparky-backup-desktop
– sparky-backup-sys
The English locales can be downloaded from Sparky’s Wiki page:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/locales

The latest versions of the packages are placed in Sparky ‘unstable’ repos, so if you would like to test them, do:
Change pinning:
sudo nano /etc/apt/preferences.d/sparky
changing sparky unstable pin from 500 to 1001:
Package: *
Pin: release o=SparkyLinux,a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 500

Enable Sparky ‘unstable’ repository, located in:
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky-unstable.list
Then refresh package list
sudo apt-get update

To test Sparky Backup Sys on your Sparky installation, install 3 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop sparky-backup-sys

Backup Sys

To test Sparky Advanced Installer on Sparky Live system, install 2 packages:
sudo apt-get install sparky-backup-core sparky-backup-desktop

Advanced Installer

 

Sparky 5.3

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.3 “Nibiru” available to download.
Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

Sparky 5.3 provides fully featured operating system with lightweight desktops: LXQt, MATE and Xfce.

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

Changes:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of March 7, 2018
– Linux kernel 4.15.4 as default (4.15.8-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– the default system installer Calamares updated up to version 3.1.12
– added packages to support btrfs & xfs file systems
– cleaning out old files configs
– added new tool for cleaning your system from old files and configs: bleachbit
– missing language package installer (a part of APTus) has gotten gnome, kde & qt language package installtion option
– gdebi has been removed; locale stored debs can be installed via APTus-> Install-> Install package
– cli edition has been re-configured; it uses sudo as default after installing it on a hard drive as well
– many small fixes and improvements

No system reinstallation is required, simply make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

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

Known issues:
– possible problem with unmounting the live system squashfs if running inside of a virtual machine – ignore, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

Sparky 5.2

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.2 “Nibiru” available to download.
Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Buster”.

Sparky 5.2 provides fully featured operating system with lightweight desktops: Xfce, MATE and LXQt.
Sparky 5.2 MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice and a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer.

Important !
Sparky based on Debian testing is not a stable edition; can make problems sometimes and can need individual fixing. If you prefer much stable operating system – Sparky 4.x of the stable line will be better choice.

Changes of all editions:
– full system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of December 17, 2017
– Linux kernel 4.14.2 from Debian Sid repos (4.14.8-sparky is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
– Calamares 3.1.10 as the default system installer
– the full disk encryption option has been activated in the Calamares, so Sparky can be installed on an encrypted disk now
– added 8 new wallpapers of Polish nature to ‘sparky-artwork-nature’ package
– added symlink of ‘sparkylinux-installer’ to ‘sparky-installer’ (Advanced Installer), and ‘spb’ shortcut to ‘sparkybackup’ command (backup tool)

Changes in Xfce edition:
– due to abnormal CPU usage of the ‘xfce4-pulseaudo-plugin’ (with Sparky 5 icon set), the plugin has been replaced by ‘pasystray’

Changes in MinimalGUI edition:
– PCManFM file manager replaced by Thunar
– external USB disks are mounted automatically now

No system reinstallation is required, simply make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If any problem, run:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f

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

Known issues:
– possible problem with unmounting the live system’s squashfs if running inside of a virtual machine (tested in VirtualBox only) – ignore it, shot the live system down, remove the live media and run your machine normally.

Merry Christmas to all Sparkers
from Aneta i Paweł

 

Sparky 4.6-RC STB

There is a development release of Sparky 4.6 RC STB ready for testing.

It’s a final test before releasing the stable version of 4.6 STB.

Sparky 4.6-RC STB is based on Debian (still) testing “Stretch” and pre-configured to use upcoming Debian stable Stretch base.

Highlights:
• upcoming Debian stable Stretch ready
• Calamares installer with LUKS disabled; instead of the previous Live Installer (Advanced installer is still available)
• updated all packages from Debian Stretch and Sparky repositories
• many small improvements and bugs fixing
• deep cleaning to reduce iso images size

The “STB” means ‘stable’ line of Sparky and Debian; iso images features the ‘stb’ in their names to avoid misunderstanding.

The RC iso images of Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimaCLI (text based) STB editions can be downloaded from the download/development page.

 

SparkyLinux 4.5-dev20161106

 

There is a development iso image of Sparky 4.5-dev20161106 MinimalGUI ready for testing.

The new dev iso image features:
• Linux kernel 4.7 + the latest updates from Debian ‘testing’ repos
• the Calamares installer 2.4.4 with added support of installation on 32 and 64 bit UEFI machines.
• Sparky Advanced Installer which provides support for two more desktops to be installed straight from the live media: CDE (Common Desktop Environment) and DDE (Deepin Desktop Environment)

We (MoroS and me) been working yesterday to make the installer working with UEFI both 32 and 64bit machines, so it can be tested via the latest development iso images already.

MoroS sent his bootloader patch to the Calamares devs, so we have a small part of our help to the Calamares project now 🙂

The development iso images for i686 and x86_64 machines are placed on the download/development page.
Please test it and report whatever you find.

Calamares on SparkyLinux

Known issues:
1. The iso features Linux kernel 4.7, so the VirtualBox needs to have I/O APIC option enabled.
The live systems starts the X server in failsafe mode inside VirtualBox (UEFI mode); BIOS mode – starts, but with problems. To test the iso image in BIOS mode use VMware Workstation, for example, or run it on a “normal” machine.
2. Installing Sparky via the Sparky Advanced Installer with Pantheon desktop – the ‘wingpanel’ doesn’t start due to newer version of GNOME libs.

 

GNOME Flashback issue

 

The last upgrade of GNOME Flashback Metacity session went fine, but the desktop doesn’t want to start itself. Tested with Lightdm only, as it is the Sparky’s default session manager.

You can fix it in few ways:

Easy way:
Make full system upgrade, then run APTus-> Desktop-> GNOME Flashback to reinstall all the desktop settings.

Manual way:
Create ‘.xinitrc’ file in your home directory and paste the line into the file:
exec /usr/lib/gnome-flashback/gnome-flashback-metacity

Fresh installation:
A fresh Sparky installation via MinimalGUI/CLI iso image (+ Sparky Advanced Installer) provides the fix automatically.

Edit:
It doesn’t make any change.

SparkyLinux 4.4-dev20160617

 

There is testing iso image of Sparky 4.4-dev20160617 MinimalGUI ready to go.

The dev iso image features:
• Linux kernel 4.6 + the latest updates from Debian ‘testing’ repos
• the Calamares installer which replaced the Live Installer. Calamares is available in the desktop’s Menu-> System-> Sparky Installer (the same name as the Live Installer before), or via ‘sudo calamares’ command. It works on BIOS machines well, but still doesn’t with UEFI, see more details
• new theme ‘Numix-SX’. The ‘numix-theme’ package provides 3 themes of your choice: Numix-SX-Dark (default), Numix-SX-DarkFull and Numix-SX-Light. It offers GTK+ 3.20 support as well.
• Sparky Advanced Installer provides support for one more desktop to be installed straight from the live media: Trinity (TDE), and fixed small issue with i3 desktop configuration file.

The development iso images for i686 and x86_64 machines are placed on the download/development page.
Please test it and report whatever you find.

Calamares on SparkyLinux

 

Sparky 4.3-dev3 MinimalISO

 

This is the 3th and probably the last development version of SparkyLinux 4.3-dev3 MinimalISO.

Changes between Sparky 4.3-dev2 and dev3:

1. Improved the Sparky Advanced Installer:
– added 4 more desktops: bspwm, i3, Pantheon and Window Maker
– added more options to be saved in the log file; if any problem with the advanced installer, provide /var/log/sparkylinux-installer.log file
– Iceweasel changed back to Firefox (is in Debian testing repository), so the Advanced Installer offers you Firefox-esr instead of Iceweasel now
– many small fixes

2. Sparky APTus got an option of desktop installation, so you can install any desktop configured for Sparky as the same desktops provided via Sparky Advanced Installer

3. Added bspwm window manager to Sparky repository.

It can be installed via the package manager, but has to be configured by you.
It also can be installed via the Advanced Installer or APTus with Sparky’s configuration.

4. Small improvements for home grilled desktops: Enlightenment, Budgie and bspwm to be runable as a default session via Lightdm or a different login manager.

5. Linux kernel 4.4.6

The live user name is: live
The live user password is: live
The system’s root (admin) user password is empty.

To run the text based installer (called: Sparky (Advanced) Installer) in the CLI edition, do:
1. Log in to the live user account.
2. Re-log in to the root account:
sudo su
sparkylinux-installer

or run the installer as a super user:
sudo sparkylinux-installer

If you are connected to the network via wireless (wifi) device only, run the Ceni to configure the connection before running the installer:
sudo ceni
Some of wifi devices need an exact kernel module to be loaded before running the Ceni.

The testing ISO images can be found at the page:
https://sparkylinux.org/download/development

Sparky + bspwm

 

Sparky 4.3-dev2 MinimalISO

 

There is the second development version of SparkyLinux 4.3-dev2 MinimalISO available for testing.

Sparky 4.3-dev2 MinimalISO lets you install the base system with one of the 15 desktops of your choice, with as small configuration as possible:
– awesome
– Budgie
– Cinnamon
– Enlightenment
– Fluxbox
– GNOME Flashback
– GNOME Shell
– IceWM
– JWM
– KDE Plasma 5
– LXDE
– LXQt
– MATE
– Openbox
– Xfce

Sparky MinimalISO is available in two editions:
– MinimalGUI (Openbox) ~ 900 MB ISO
– MinimalCLI (text mode) ~ 500 MB ISO

The live user name is: live
The live user password is: live
The system’s root (admin) user password is empty.

To run the text based installer (called: Sparky (Advanced) Installer) in the CLI edition, do:
1. Log in to the live user account.
2. Re-log in to the root account:
sudo su
sparkylinux-installer

or run the installer as a super user:
sudo sparkylinux-installer

If you are connected to the network via wireless (wifi) device only, run the Ceni to configure the connection before running the installer:
sudo ceni
Some of wifi devices need an exact kernel module to be loaded before running the Ceni.

Starting with this release, all Sparky iso images are signed with the gpg key.
Find out how to verify the iso image with the gpg key: wiki/doku.php/verify_iso
The testing ISO images can be found at the page: download/development

Sparky Advanced Installer

The screenshot’s page of the Sparky MinimalISO desktops has been improved, adding new desktop screenshots: 4-3-minimaliso-screenshots/

 

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