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Update checker & notifier

There is a new, small tool available for Sparkers: Update Checker & Notifier

The tool checks (in shadow) packages to be upgraded and displays notification on desktop.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus-upgrade-checker

Then reboot to let it start working.

It doesn’t run if:
• running live system
• no active internet connection
• ‘sparky-firstrun’ is installed

It runs ones per system boot, with 30 second of delay.
If runs and finds packages to be upgraded, it lets you start the default Sparky’s upgrade tool (sparky-aptus-upgrade).

It uses Yad, so it’s desktop independent.

Update checker & notifier

 

Linux kernel 4.7.6

 

The latest stable version of Linux kernel 4.7.6 landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Make sure you have Sparky “unstable” repository enabled:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository
to upgrade or install the latest kernel.

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

 

Linux kernel 4.7.5

 

The latest stable version of Linux kernel 4.7.5 just landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Make sure you have Sparky “unstable” repository enabled:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository
to upgrade or install the latest kernel.

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

 

Linux kernel 4.7.3

 

The latest stable version of Linux kernel 4.7.3 just landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Make sure you have Sparky “unstable” repository enabled:
https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository
to upgrade or install the latest kernel.

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

 

APTus 0.2.2

 

There is an update of Sparky APTus Upgrade tool 0.2.2 in Sparky unstable repository.

I have implemented two changes:

1. The changelog option shows upgradable packages, including informations about the version from and to be upgraded to.

APTus Upgrade

2. It shows progress of the upgrading on the bottom of a terminal window now, during the upgrade process.

APTus Upgrade

I put APTus 0.2.2 to the Sparky “unstable” repository to let you test it and make sure that everything works fine, before moving the package to Sparky “testing” repos, so… please test it.

 

e19.9 updated

 

Due to changes in Debian “testing” repositories I had to rebuilt e19.9 package.
The dist-upgrade will remove libbullet*2.83 during upgrading it to version 2.83v5, and will remove e19 package as well.

The new version 0.19.99.20498 contains:
– re-compiled e19.9 (0.19.99.20498)
– EFL and friends updated up to versions 1.15.1
– Terminology updated up to version 0.9
– changed dependencies: libbullet* and liblinearmatch from version 2.83 to 2.83v5

Now, you should upgrade or install e19 back with no problems.

 

Updates 2015/08/08

 

There a few updates of 3th party applications available in our repository:
– VeraCrypt 1.12 – an alternative of deprecated TrueCrypt
– Vuze 5.6.2.0 – a Java based download client
– Tint2 0.12.1 – the latest version of a nice tiny panel used in Sparky Openbox spin; compiled from the project’s git repos
– Variety 0.5.4 – an application which changes the wallpaper on a regular interval

 

Updates 2015/07/18

 

There a few updates in packages available in our repos so read it, please.

1. Sparky Conky manager has been updated up to version 0.1.10.
There are no changes about its functions, but it has been reconfigured to use and launch conky’s sparky’s config file withot touching the original conky’s config.

After installing/upgrading ‘sparky-conky’ up to v.0.1.10, the original conky’s config file will be restored and will be loaded instead of sparky’s config.
Don’t worry about that, after system rebooting, the default sparky’s conky config will be used.

There is not need to do anything with that, excluding JWM spin.
Simply edit the JWM config file via a text editor:
~HOME/.jwmrc
and replace the line from:
<StartupCommand>conky</StartupCommand>
to:
<StartupCommand>conky --config=/opt/conky/conky-sparky.conf</StartupCommand>

2. SpiderOak users can’t upgrade the tool in “normal” way.
The old version of SpiderOak is 5.2.0 and it’s the last one.
The new one is provided by SpiderOakONE 6.0 package so uninstall the previous package called ‘spideroak’ and install the last one ‘spideroakone’.

3. Sparky APTus Extra has been upgraded to version 0.1.18 which includes the SpiderOakONE now.

4. Sparky Center LXDE has been upgraded to version 0.2.8-1. There are two changes:
– deprecated ‘sparky-booset’ tool has been removed
– flash player config is still available if the flash-player is installed. Deprecated flash-plugin will be removed in the next Sparky release.

 

Budgie Desktop updated

 

There is an update of Budgie Desktop 8.2-20150629 in our repository.

One of updates came from Debian testing removed ‘libmutter0e’ package and Budgie Desktop as well.
So the Budgie Desktop has been re-built and uses ‘libmutter0f’ as one of its dependencies now.

If you haven’t upgraded the previous version of Budgie Desktop yet, you can do it now or install it if you’d like:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

 

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