New Openbox problems


The last week updates of Openbox up to version 3.5.2-5 can make some problems.
It will install ‘openbox-gnome-session’ package as its depends and whole basic GNOME3 environment as well 🙂

If you’d like to put everything back to the prevoius stage, remove extra packages from the system:
apt-get remove nautilus openbox-gnome-session gdm3 gnome-bluetooth gnome-control-center gnome-control-center-data gnome-desktop3-data gnome-menus gnome-online-accounts gnome-user-guide systemd
apt-get autoremove
apt-get clean

It happens on SparkyLinux LXDE, Ultra, Razor-Qt and GameOver.
All of them use Openbox as the default window manager.


SparkyLinux 3.2 LXDE, Ultra & Razor-Qt is out


New iso images of SparkyLinux 3.2 providing a few changes and system improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.11-2 (3.11.8-1)
– all packages have been upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/12/07
– added support for installation 32 bit applications on 64 bit systems
– 32 bit wine package has been installed on 64 bit systems
– sparky-center-lxde and sparky-center-openbox have been reconfigured; some applications have been extracted from sparky-center and packed separately so they can be installed on other Sparky desktops with no sparky-center; see Sparky news 11/2013
– added package curl – it’s a missing tool requires by PlayOnLinux
– added new package sparky-tray – it gives quick access to package management: Sparky APTus, Synaptic, repository list editor and root terminal emulator
– sparky-aptus has been updated up to version 0.1.5 – added new option ‘Fix Broken’ – it lets you fix not (or wrong) installed/upgraded packages
– the default Sparky theme has been ‘slightly’ improved and upgraded up to version 0.1.1 for better gtk3 applications support

Sparky Razor-Qt features a few more changes, such as:
– removed category “Debian” from the menu
– removed packages: qupzilla, claws-mail, qmmp
– added packages: iceweasel, icedove, exaile
– mounting USB devices via the default panel’s plugin bug is fixed; now you open USB disks with the default file manager PCManFM
– added new applications: sparky-conkeyset, sparky-fonset, sparky-keyboard, sparky-locales, sparky-passwdchange, sparky-timedateset, sparky-users, sparky-xdf

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SparkyLinux 3.1 LXDE, Ultra & CLI is out

SparkyLinux 3.1 “Annagerman” LXDE, Ultra and CLI is out.

New iso images of SparkyLinux 3.1 providing a few changes and system improvements, such as:
– Linux kernel 3.10-3 (3.10.11-1)
– all packages have been updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/09/27
– added Teamviewer client for remote controling other machines
– added Sparky APTus – a small, simply and lightweight frontend for “apt-get” for upgrading and cleaning up the system, installing and removing packages
– added Minitube – a lightweight video player of YouTube contents
– added Gnote – a lightweight notes
– added Osmo – a lightweight personal organizer
– added Radiotray – a very small application for listening to the internet radio channels
– SparkyBackup-System bug fixed – updated up to 0.1.4
– Brasero has been removed and Xfburn has been installed
– lxpolkit bug fixed after the LXDE and Lxpolkit updating
– e17 desktop has been dropped out from the main release

Known bugs:
– in some cases the live installer “can’t see” any disk (hard/usb) if an USB disk is plugged in.

SparkyLinux 3.0.2 is out


SparkyLinux 3.0.2 “Annagerman” has been released.

Sparky 3.0.2 provides a few important changes, such as:
– sparky-installer bug has been fixed. It did not let to make installation on USB disks before (the final version of Sparky 3.0 “Annagerman”) and did not show any disk (hard/USB) if an USB disk was connected to the computer
– all packages updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/08/07
– added dropbox client
– a few minor improvements

You don’t have to reinstall SparkyLinux if you installed Sparky already on your hard/USB drive.
New iso images can be use to make fresh installation.


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SparkyLinux 3.0.1 Ultra update

This is an update of SparkyLinux 3.0.1 Ultra Edition ready for download.
The last system upgrade from Debian “testing” repositories caused an error of “marchobmenu”, which is pre-installed as default with Openbox desktop.
The problematic package of the situation was “python-xdg” – its update from version 0.19-5 to 0.25-3 resulted losing compatibility with the “marchobmenu” (which is not updated for the last three years).

The solution is: downgrade the “python-xdg” package from Debian stable “Wheezy” repository and block it before updating.

The second option might be to replace the “marchobmenu” by the standard Debian menu.
See how to do that: Marchobmenu bug

New iso images of Sparky 3.0.1 Ultra provides (still) “marchobmenu”.

Marchobmenu bug


The marchobmenu doesn’t want to work in Sparky 3.0 with different locales then English.
It happend between packages updating from RC to the final version.
In this moment I suggest to change the marchobmenu into Debian menu.
Edit file “/home/you/.config/openbox/menu.xml” and remove the line:
<menu label="Applications" id="mom-applications" execute="/usr/lib/marchobmenu/ show">
and put a new one instead of the old one:
<menu id="/Debian">
Then restart Openbox.


SparkyLinux 3.0 is out


SparkyLinux 3.0 “Annagerman” is out.
Sparky 3.x is built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie”.

The final release of Sparky 3.0 features:
– Linux kernel 3.9.8-1
– all packages updating from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/07/21
– minor bugs fixing
– small improvements of all the desktops
– new Sparky3-theme compatible with GNOME 3.8
– added extra functionality of the CLI edition (former name: Core) – see: How to SparkyLinux CLI

Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux 3.0 :
– CPU i486 / amd64
– RAM memory:
— LXDE/e17, Ultra (Openbox/JWM) Edition: 256MB
— MATE, Razor-Qt Edition: 384MB
— CLI Edition: 128MB
– an optical drive or USB port
– for full installation on a hard drive or flash USB disk:
— LXDE/e17, Ultra, MATE, Razor-Qt: 5GB (10GB recommended)
— CLI: 2GB

Check all changes of Sparky 3.0 edition: Beta1, Beta1 Core, Beta2, RC.

Many thanks for all guys who helped to improve SparkyLinux in any possible way.

Sparky 3.0 LXDE


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SparkyLinux 3.0 RC is out


SparkyLinux 3.0 RC “Annagerman” is out.
Sparky 3.x is built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie”.

The release candidate of Sparky 3 provides a few more changes and system improvement, such as:

1. All packages have been synchronized with Debian testing repos as of 2013/07/06.

2. Linux kernel 3.9-1

3. SparkyBackup-System has additional support for JWM desktop.

4. SparkyBackup-Apss Copy & Recovery has been enhanced and supports 15 apps now: Chromium, Claws-mail, Filezilla, gFTP, Iceape/SeaMonkey, Icedove, Iceweasel/Firefox, Kadu, Licq, Liferea, Opera, Pidgin, QupZilla, Tomboy and XChat.

5. Added new application: “sparky-screenshot” – it’s a simple GUI for “scrot” and it’s preinstalled with Sparky Openbox, JWM and Razor-Qt desktops.

6. Added new application: “sparky-gexec” – this package will install “gexec” and will add the entry to the system menu. Sparky-gExec replaced “gmrun” and it’s preinstalled with Sparky Openbox, JWM and Razor-Qt desktops.

7. “sparky-jwm-exit” provides “yad” based logout, reboot and poweroff dialog window for JWM desktop.

8. QupZilla web browser replaced Chromium at Ultra Edition.

9. Razor-Qt is a new deskop in Sparky family. Razor-Qt is based on Qt freamwork but the Sparky Razor-Qt Edition does not feature any KDE SC applications. It means that SparkyLinux Razor-Qt is as light and fast as the rest of the Sparky editions.
I used Qt based applications everywhere I could.
SparkyLinux Razor-Qt features tools and applications, such as:
– Openbox window manager
– PCManFM file manager (PCManFM-Qt is still too fresh)
– QupZilla web browser
– Claws-mail email & RSS client
– Qmmp audio player (+ extra skins)
– SMPlayer2 (front-end for MPlayer2)
– VLC multimedia player + vlc-mozilla-plugin for web browsers
– Juffed text editor
– Hotot – Twitter client
– Qasmixer
– Quassel IRC client
– Fatrat file transfer client (http, ftp, bittirrent, etc.)
– Licq IM client (MSN, Jabber, AIM, ICQ)
– Qpdfview PDF viewer
– Qcomicbook

10. “gnome-bluetooth” package has been removed – the packege upgrading used to download a lot of extra libs and apps. There is “blueman” preinstaled already for bluetooth managing.

Please test it before the final version will be released and report whatever you find.
Grab the new LXDE/e17, Ultra (Openbox/JWM), MATE, Razor-Qt or Core iso image from our download page.

Thanks go to simarcik for his keyboard (mine is going to burn itself).


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SparkyLinux 2.1 “Eris” is out


I am happy to announce the final versions of SparkyLinux “Eris” 2.1 e17/LXDE, 2.1 MATE Edition and update of 2.1.1 Ultra Edition.

Iso images provides bugs fixing, updates and new features. All new images of SparkyLinux “Eris” have been synchronised between themselves, and all packages upgraded from Debian testing repos of 15/03/2013.

New live system provides:
– Linux kernel 3.2.39-2
– minor bugs fixing
– live system works on USB stick fixing
– full system installation on USB stick
– new set of wallpapers

Live system’s user name is: live
password: live

Many thanks for new default’s system’s wallpapers for Kynes.

If you downloading via BitTorrent, please seed.

SparkyLinux 2.1 LXDE


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