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The Lounge

There is a new application available for Sparkers: The Lounge

What is The Lounge?

Modern web IRC client designed for self-hosting.

Overview:
– Modern features brought to IRC. Push notifications, link previews, new message markers, and more bring IRC to the 21st century.
– Always connected. Remains connected to IRC servers while you are offline.
– Cross platform. It doesn’t matter what OS you use, it just works wherever Node.js runs.
– Responsive interface. The client works smoothly on every desktop, smartphone and tablet.
– Synchronized experience. Always resume where you left off no matter what device.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install thelounge

The Lounge

License: MIT
Web: github.com/thelounge/thelounge

LibreWolf

There is a new application available for Sparkers: LibreWolf

What is LibreWolf?

LibreWolf is the community-maintained fork of Librefox: a privacy and security-focused browser. This project is an independent “fork” of Firefox, with the primary goals of privacy security and user freedom. It is the community run successor to LibreFox. LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too.
LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products.

Features:
– Latest Firefox — LibreWolf is compiled directly from the latest build of Firefox Stable. You will have the the latest features, and security updates.
– Independent Build — LibreWolf uses a build independent of Firefox and has its own settings, profile folder and installation path. As a result, it can be installed alongside Firefox or any other browser.
– No phoning home — Embedded server links and other calling home functions are removed. In other words, minimal background connections by default.
– User settings updates
– Extensions firewall: limit internet access for extensions.
– Multi-platform
– Community-Driven

Installation (Sparky rolling/testing amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install librewolf

The package is located in Sparky unstable repos so make sure you have enabled the repo before starting installation.

LibreWolf

License: Mozilla Public License 2.0
Web: gitlab.com/librewolf-community

 

Slimjet

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Slimjet

What is Slimjet?

Slimjet is built on top of the Chromium open-source project on which Google Chrome is also based. It enjoys the same speed and reliablity provided by the underlying blink engine as Google Chrome. However, many additional features and options have been added in Slimjet to make it more powerful, intelligent and customizable than Chrome. In addition to that, Slimjet DOES NOT send any usage statistics back to Google’s server like Google Chrome, which is a growing concern for many Chrome users due to the ubiquitous presence and reach of the advertising empire. Slimjet is compatible with all extensions and plugins designed for Google Chrome available from the Chrome web store.

Main Features:
– QuickFill form filler
– Fully customizable toolbar
– One-click Facebook integration
– Download online streaming videos
– Instant photo upload
– Photo salon
– Flexible web page translation
– Weather condition and forecast
– Integrate with popular web services such as Twitter, Google Plus, Blogger, WordPress, Gmail, Hotmail, StumbleUpon
– Proxy switcher
– URL alias
– Upload clipboard image

Installation (Sparky amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install slimjet

or via APTus-> Web Browsers-> Slimjet icon.

Slimjet

Copyright (C) 2020 FlashPeak Inc.
License: Freeware
Web: slimjet.com

 

Nyxt

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Nyxt

What is Nyxt?

Nyxt is a keyboard-oriented, extensible web-browser designed for power users. Conceptually inspired by Emacs and Vim, it has familiar key-bindings (Emacs, vi, CUA), is fully configurable and extensible in Lisp, and has powerful features for productivity.
Nyxt supports GNU/Linux, macOS, and Guix with engine support for WebKit and WebEngine/Blink.
Attention: Nyxt is under active development. Feel free to report bugs, instabilities or feature wishes.

Features:
– Fast tab switching – Switch easily between your open tabs via fuzzy search.
– Multiple selection – Commands can accept multiple inputs, allowing you to quickly perform an operation against multiple objects. In the example below we search for penguins, and only open up links that have the text “animal” within them.
– Powerful bookmarks – Bookmark a page with tags. Search bookmarks with compound queries. Capture more data about your bookmarks, and group and wrangle them in any way you like.
– Multi tab search – Search multiple tabs at the same time, and view all the results in a single window. Jump quickly through your open tabs to find what you need.
– History as a tree – History is represented as a tree that you can traverse. Smarter than the “forwards-backwards” abstraction found in other browsers, the tree makes sure you never lose track of where you’ve been.

Installation (Sparky stable & testing amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install next

or via APTus-> Web Browsers-> Next icon.

Nyxt

Copyright (C) 2017-2020 Atlas Engineer LLC.
License: BSD 3-Clause License & CC BY-SA
Web: github.com/atlas-engineer/nyxt

 

Browsh

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.

Installation:

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:

browsh

or via menu-> Network-> Browsh Browser.

Browsh

Author: Thomas Buckley-Houston
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1
GitHub: github.com/browsh-org/browsh

 

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: github.com/beakerbrowser/beaker

 

Riot

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.

Installation:
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.

Riot-Web

The Riot project page: about.riot.im
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:
github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-online
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.

Installation/Upgrade:
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

Midori Git repos: github.com/midori-browser/core

 

Webmin

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.

Installation:
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:
https://localhost:10000/
to a computer in your local network:
https://target-computer-ip:10000/
to a machine located in the network:
https://domain-name:10000/
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.

 

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