There is a new application available for Sparkers: Browsh

What is Browsh?

Browsh is a fully interactive, real-time, and modern text-based browser rendered to TTYs and browsers… …Browsh is different in that it’s backed by a real browser, namely headless Firefox, to create a purely text-based version of web pages and web apps. These can be easily rendered in a terminal or indeed, ironically, in another browser. Do note that currently the browser client doesn’t have feature parity with the terminal client.


sudo apt update
sudo apt install browsh

or via APTus-> Web browsers-> Browsh icon.

Launch the browser in a terminal/terminal emulator via the command:


or via menu-> Network-> Browsh Browser.


Author: Thomas Buckley-Houston
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1


Beaker Browser

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Beaker Browser

What is Beaker Browser?

Beaker is an experimental peer-to-peer Web browser. It adds new APIs for building hostless applications while remaining compatible with the rest of the Web. It is an open-source application in development by Blue Link Labs.

From Wikipedia:

Beaker Browser peer-to-peer technology allows users to self-publish websites and web apps directly from the browser, without the need to set up and administrate a separate web server or host their content on a third-party server. All files and websites are transferred using Dat, a hypermedia peer-to-peer protocol which allows files to be shared and hosted by several users. The browser also supports the HTTP protocol to connect to traditional servers.
Beaker is built using the Electron framework and therefore uses the Chromium browser as a renderer for webpages.

Installation (Debian/Sparky testing 64bit only):
It is a prerelease2 version so can be installed from Sparky unstable repository.

It requires nodejs (>= 12.0) which will be installed/upgraded from Sparky unstable repos too. That version removes (but provides too) ‘libnode64’ and ‘npm’ packages.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install beaker-browser

Beaker Browser

License: MIT
GitHub repo:



There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Riot

What is Riot?

Riot (formerly known as Vector) is a Matrix web client built using the Matrix React SDK. Riot is officially supported on the web in modern versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Other browsers may work, however official support is not provided.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install riot-web

or via Sparky APTus-> IM tab.

Alongside to Riot, two more the Matrix network client have been added to the APTus IM module as well: Quaternion and nheko.


The Riot project page:
It is a free and open source application, released under the Apache License 2.0.


Sparky Online

There is a new, small tool available for Sparkers: Sparky Online.

What is Sparky Online?
Sparky Online checks your web site to tell you does it online and display a pop up message on your dekstop.

It is not moved to Sparky repos, but can be installed manually from Sparky’s GitHub repo.

1. Install dependencies:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cron iputils-ping wget yad

2. Download ‘sparky-online’ and ‘sparky-online-cron’ files from the GitHub repo:
3. Modify ‘sparky-online’ – place your web site address to WEB section, then:
sudo cp sparky-online /usr/bin/
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/sparky-online

4. Modify ‘sparky-online-cron’ – it is set to check a web site every 1 hour, so change the valvue to your (in hours), and ‘pavroo’ to your user name, then:
sudo cp sparky-online-cron /etc/cron.d/
sudo chown root:root /etc/cron.d/sparky-online-cron
sudo systemctl restart cron

Sparky Online

Midori 7.0

There is a new application available in our repos: Midori 7.0.

Midori is a lightweight yet powerful web browser which runs just as well on little embedded computers named for delicious pastries as it does on beefy machines with a core temperature exceeding that of planet earth. And it looks good doing that, too. Oh, and of course it’s free software.

This point release has been published after over 3 years of development break.
The browser has been completely rewritten in Vala & GTK3.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install midori

Midori 7.0 is available for Sparky 4/Debian Stretch and Sparky 5/Debian Buster users as well.


Midori Git repos:



There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: Webmin.

From the project web site:

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install webmin

It can be also installed via Sparky MinimalCLI iso image, using ‘sudo sparky-installer’ command and choosing the Webmin from desktop’s list:

Advanced Installer

In short, how (what for) can it be used?
1. If you have or would like to set small office or home server
2. If you have a few computers in your local network or somewhere in the internet
3. if you would like to take control of your local Sparky installation via a GUI.

How does it work?
Webmin provides a web browser GUI which can be used via any web browser, and let you connect to your local system, an other computer in your local or external network, and manage many, many system’s configs and options.

Simply type an address to your web browser, to make connection:
to your local machine:
to a computer in your local network:
to a machine located in the network:
Then login using root account and its password.

Webmin login window

Webmin dashboard

The application has been added due to ours community member Daniel “Capitan Jack” suggestion.



There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: the first release of Falkon web browser 3.0.0.

From Wikipedia:

Falkon (formerly QupZilla) is a free and open-source web browser, intended for general users. Falkon is licensed under GPLv3.
Falkon makes use of Qt WebEngine to support modern web standards. It provides several icon sets and other elements to match the native look and feel of users’ desktop operating systems.

David Rosca said:

Falkon is a new KDE web browser, previously known as QupZilla. Following this release, there will only be one last final QupZilla release.

If you were previously using QupZilla, you can manually migrate your profiles to Falkon by moving the config directory (usually in ~/.config/qupzilla/).
There is no automatic migration.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install falkon

or via Sparky Web Browser Installer >= 20180307.

Then run the application from menu-> Internet

Due it needs Qt 5.9, the app is available to Debian testing/Sid and Sparky 5 only, but not older.




There is a new application available for Sparkers: Min web browser.

Min is designed to be fast. It uses less battery power, so you don’t have to worry about finding a charger. Min is written entirely with CSS and JavaScript using Electron, and is open-source software, available on GitHub.

It includes features such as:
– Information from DuckDuckGo in the search bar.
– Built-in ad and tracker blocking
– Fuzzy search
– Full-text search for visited pages
– Reading list
– Tabs improvements (tabs open to the right, and fade out when inactive).
– Dark theme

It can be installed from Sparky repository via:
– Synaptic or
– Sparky Web Browser Installer (>= 20180213) or
– apt commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install min



Web Browser Installer

There is a new, small, home brew application available for Sparkers: Web Browser Installer.

Web Browser Installer lets you install one of 20+ web browsers via one click.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-webbrowser-installer

The application is available in 3 ways:
– APTus -> Install tab -> Web Browser Installer
– APTus Extra 0.1.45 -> Sparky_WWW
– system’s menu-> Network -> Web Browser Installer

The 3 browsers are installable on amd64 OS only: Brave, Google-Chrome and Opera.
Rest of them can be installed on i686 and amd64.

It’s a first version of the script, fully tested of course but if you find anything not working well, simply let me know via our forums, please.

Web Browser Installer



A new application landed in Sparky repos: Dooble.

Dooble is a secure, open source, WebKit based web browser that provides solid performance, stability, and cross-platform functionality.

From Wikipedia:

Dooble was created to improve privacy. Currently, Dooble is available for FreeBSD, Linux, OS X, OS/2, and Windows. Dooble uses Qt for its user interface and abstraction from the operating system and processor architecture. As a result, Dooble should be portable to any system that supports OpenSSL, POSIX threads, Qt, SQLite, and other libraries.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install dooble


If Dooble will not start, try to launch it in a terminal emulator via the command:
and paste an output on ours forums, please.