A new desktop has been implemented to APTus AppCenter: Sway

What is Sway

Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3’s features, plus a few extras.

Installation (Sparky 7 only)
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

then install Sway via APTus AppCenter-> Desktops-> Sway icon (recommended way).

It comes with basic configuration and a few tools, such as:
– Alacritty – a terminal emulator for Wayland
– bemenu – lets you launch an application; it can be started via left bottom icon or a shotcut: mod+d
– Swaylock – a desktop lock for Wayland
– Swayidle – an idle management daemon for Wayland
– Xbacklight – a simple utility to set the backlight level
– nmtui – a CLI network manager
– Xwayland – lets you launch some applications from X window server
– and a few small apps

Sway on Sparky 7

It will be configured to Sparky Advanced Installer to let you install it from a Sparky Minimal ISO too.

Informacja w języku polskim:


There are new tools available for Sparkers: Picom & Sparky Picom Manager.

What is Picom?

Picom is a standalone compositor for Xorg, suitable for use with window managers that do not provide compositing. Picom is a fork of compton, which is a fork of xcompmgr-dana, which in turn is a fork of xcompmgr.


sudo apt update
sudo apt install picom

so it removes the ‘compton’ package.

It been tested on Debian Buster and Bullseye/Sparky 5 and 6 i686, amd64 and armhf.

The project page :
The project developers: check the CONTRIBUTORS file
License: MPL-2.0 AND MIT

What is Sparky Picom Manager?

Sparky Compton Manager has been forked to Sparky Picom Manager and provides a simple, Yad based GUI to start & stop Picom, load a sample configuration file, and edit it as well.


sudo apt install sparky-picom

Sparky Picom Manager