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Amberol

Saturday 10th of September 2022 03:53:38 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Amberol

What is Amberol?

A small and simple sound and music player that is well integrated with GNOME. Amberol aspires to be as small, unintrusive, and simple as possible. It does not manage your music collection; it does not let you manage playlists, smart or otherwise; it does not let you edit the metadata for your songs; it does
not show you lyrics for your songs, or the Wikipedia page for your bands. Amberol plays music, and nothing else.

Installation (Sparky 7 amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install amberol

License: GNU GPL 3
Web: gitlab.gnome.org/World/amberol

 

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Sparky news 2022/08

Thursday 1st of September 2022 09:58:52 AM

The 8th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2022:
– Linux kernel updated up to 5.19.6 & 5.15.64-LTS (6.0 RC1 is also available)
– Added to repos: g4music
– Created a new script/package called ‘sparky-openbox-diagnose’ which check default application which should be started with Openbox; and print message if something wrong; this output is helpful to help you if any problem with loading Openbox
– Finished adding es_ES locales to Sparky tools, thanks to depaz
– Sparky 6.4 of the stable line released
– LXQt desktop updated up to version 1.1.0 (Sparky testing (7) amd64 only); can be installed from Sparky ‘extra main’ repos

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects. Your donations help keeping them and us alive. Don’t forget to send a small tip in September too, please.

Country Supporter Amount William S. € 60 Krzysztof M. PLN 50 Antoine B. € 15 Krzysztof K. PLN 20 Wojciech H. PLN 2 Krzysztof S. PLN 80 Olaf T. € 10 Mitchel V. $ 60 Tom C. $ 15 Keith K. $ 10 Rafał Z. PLN 30 Karl A. € 1.66 Andrzej P. PLN 10 Alexander F. € 15 Marek B. PLN 10 Rudolf L. € 10 Jens G. € 50 Mariusz S. PLN 123 Stanisław G. PLN 50 Piotr B. PLN 50 Jorg S. € 5 Roger U. € 35 Ralf A. € 15 Maciej P. PLN 22 Sławomir J. PLN 30 Mateusz G. PLN 20 Dariusz M. € 10 Ernie G. € 103 Oliver A. € 10 Tomasz W. PLN 30 Adam Ł. PLN 50 Marcin Ł. PLN 20 M. B. € 20 Total: 82%
€ 359.66
PLN 597
$ 85
mBTC 0

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

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LXQt 1.1.0

Sunday 14th of August 2022 01:25:56 PM

The LXQt desktop has been updated up to version 1.1.0.

Make sure, it was tested on Sparky testing (7) / Debian testing “Bookworm” amd64 only.

To get the latest LXQt desktop do:

1. Add/create Sparky ‘extra’ repos:

sudo echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/sparky.gpg.key] https://repo.sparkylinux.org/ extra main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky-extra.list

2. Install it:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-desktop-lxqt

or upgrade, if you have LXQt desktop already installed:
sparky-update

Then reboot to take effects.

Web: github.com/severusseptimius

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Sparky 6.4

Saturday 13th of August 2022 11:29:27 AM

The 4th update of Sparky 6 – 6.4 is out.

It is a quarterly updated point release of Sparky 6 “Po Tolo” of the stable line. Sparky 6 is based on and fully compatible with Debian 11 “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian & Sparky stable repos as of August 11, 2022
– PC: Linux kernel 5.10.127 (5.19.1 & 5.15.60-ESR can be installed from Sparky unstable repos)
– ARM: Linux kernel 5.15.32-v7+
– Firefox 91.11.0.0esr (103.0.2 & 102.1.0esr Mozilla builds can be installed from Sparky repos as the ‘firefox-sparky’ and ‘firefox-esr-sparky’ packages, but they use a new user profile, so your bookmarks, passwords, settings have to be synchronized from the Mozilla account)
– Thunderbird 91.10.0
– VLC 3.0.17
– LibreOffice 7.0.4
– LXQt 0.16.0
– Xfce 4.16
– Openbox 3.6.1
– KDE Plasma 5.20.5
– small improvements

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 6.x installed, simply make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 6 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64: LXQt, KDE Plasma, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– i686: LXQt, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

PC user:password – live:live

As the Rasperry Pi OS uses a user changer at the first boot, make sure Sparky ARM does not.
ARM user:password – pi:sparky

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Next Sparky iso images of the stable line 6.5 will be published in the middle of November.

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparky-6-4/

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g4music

Friday 5th of August 2022 02:17:56 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: g4music

What is g4music?

A fast, fluent, light weight music player written in GTK4, with a beautiful, adaptive user interface, so named G4Music. It is also focusing on high performance, for those people who has huge number of songs.

Features:
– Supports most music file types, samba and any other remote protocols (thanks to great GIO and GStreamer).
– Fast loading and parsing thousands of music files in very few seconds.
– Low memory usage for huge playlist with album covers, no thumbnail caches to store.
– Sorts by album/artist/title or shuffle, supports full-text searching.
– Supports embedded album art or external images as album cover, embedded can be exported.
– Gaussian blurred cover as window background, follows GNOME 42 light/dark mode.
– Supports drag-drop from GNOME Files, showing music in Files.
– Supports audio peaks visualizer.
– Supports gapless playback.
– Supports ReplayGain track mode.
– Supports pipewire audio sink.
– Supports MPRIS control.
– Only need less than 400KB to install it.

Installation (Sparky 7 amd64/i386 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install g4music

License: GNU GPL 3
Web: gitlab.gnome.org/neithern/g4music

 

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Sparky news 2022/07

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022 08:56:46 AM

The 7th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2022:
– Linux kernel updated up to 5.18.15 & 5.15.58-ESR
– Sparky 4 “Tyche” End of Life
– Sparky 2022.07 and 2022.07 Special Editions of the semi-rolling line released
– Added to repos: gotop
– Italian locales updated of the all Sparky tools, thanks to Yodel Sinatra
– Started adding es_ES locales to all Sparky tools, thanks to depaz
– Common Desktop Environment (CDE) updated up to 2.5.0; amd64 only
– Not so Common Desktop Environment (NsCDE) updated up to 2.2 to all sparky archs
– Browsh browser updated up to version 1.8.0 for all sparky archs, after more than 3 years of break of development

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects. Your donations help keeping them and us alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in August too, please.

Country Supporter Amount Krzysztof M. PLN 50 Antoine B. € 15 Mitchel V. $ 60 Tom C. $ 15 Keith K. $ 10 Olaf T. € 10 Krzysztof S. PLN 80 Rafał Z. PLN 30 Andrzej K. PLN 50 Andrzej P. PLN 10 Marek B. PLN 10 Alexander F. € 25 Rudolf L. € 10 unknown mBTC 0.2501 Karl A. € 1.66 Grzegorz B. PLN 54.13 Stanisław G. PLN 50 unknown mBTC 2.35774 Mariusz S. PLN 123 Aymeric L. € 10 Michael C. € 50 Mateusz G. PLN 20 Harry T. € 10 Dariusz M. € 10 Maciej P. PLN 22 David F. € 10 Ralf A. € 15 Jorg S. € 5 Norbert M. PLN 50 Piotr J. PLN 5 Viktor N. € 2 Simón S. € 20 Total: 64.5%
€ 193.66
PLN 554.13
$ 85
mBTC 2.60784

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

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Sparky 2022.07 Special Editions

Sunday 17th of July 2022 12:18:44 PM

There are new iso images of Sparky 2022.07 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue ready to go.

Changes between Sparky Special Editions 2022.04 and 2022.07:
– all packages updated from testing repos as of July 16, 2022
– Linux kernel 5.18.5 (5.18.12 & 5.15.55-LTS in sparky unstable repos)
– All: added Onboard, Nala, zstd; removed: Florence
– Rescue: added Timeshift
– Multimedia: added Hypnotix
– ‘sparky-upgrade’ cli tool uses ‘nala’ instead of ‘apt’ now, if nala is installed
– GRUB 2.06 doesn’t detect other operating systems as default; so added an option to GRUB config: ‘GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=false’ do make os-prober working back

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky rolling installed, simply keep it up to date.

New iso images of Sparky semi-rolling can be downloaded from the download/rolling page

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gotop

Thursday 14th of July 2022 06:42:37 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: gotop

What is gotop?

Another terminal based graphical activity monitor, inspired by gtop and vtop, written in Go.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gotop

License: MIT
Web: github.com/xxxserxxx/gotop

 

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Sparky 2022.07

Thursday 7th of July 2022 09:09:52 AM

New iso images of Sparky 2022.07 of the (semi-)rolling are ready to go.

Changes between Sparky 2022.04 and 2022.07:
– all packages upgraded from Debian & Sparky testing repos as of July 5, 2022
– Linux kernel 5.18.5 (5.18.9 & 5.15.52-LTS in sparky unstable repos)
– Added new packages to iso images: nala, hypnotix, zstd, onboard
– ‘sparky-upgrade’ cli tool uses ‘nala’ instead of ‘apt’ now, if nala is installed
– Python 3.10.4 as default; Python 3.9 has been removed
– Calamares 3.2.60
– Firefox 102.0.1
– Thunderbird 91.10.0
– GRUB 2.06
– VLC 3.0.17
– Openbox 3.6.1
– LXQt 0.16.0
– MATE 1.26.0
– Xfce 4.16
– KDE Plasma 5.24.5
– GRUB 2.06 doesn’t detect other operating systems as default; so added an option to GRUB config: ‘GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=false’ do make os-prober working back
– removed Kopete from KDE spin; added KDE Telepathy
– removed Kopete from LXQt spin; added Pidgin
– Onboard virtual keyboard replaced the old package Florence

Fixed bittorrent files, can be used with Transmission now again.
There is a new Sparky community launched on Mastodon.
Hypnotix & Nala are 2 packages have been suggested by our community members.

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky rolling installed, simply keep it up to date; via the command:
sparky-upgrde

New iso images of the rolling line can be downloaded from download/rolling page.

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparky-2022-07/

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Sparky 4 EOL

Sunday 3rd of July 2022 08:48:14 AM

Sparky oldoldstable 4 “Tyche” reached its end-of-life on July 1, 2022, as well as Debian 9 “Stretch” LTS. Sparky 4 is based on Debian 9 so support for Sparky 4 has been finished.

If you still use Sparky 4, I recommend to upgrade to Sparky 5 “Nibiru”, following the Wiki page:
https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/upgrade_4_to_5

Alternatively, backup your personal data and make fresh installation of Sparky 5 oldstable or Sparky 6 stable.

The next LTS release is Sparky 5 “Nibiru” based on Debian 10 “Buster” LTS, which will be supported to June 2024.

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Sparky news 2022/06

Saturday 2nd of July 2022 07:47:20 AM

The 6th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2022:
– Linux kernel updated up to 5.18.8 & 5.15.51 LTS
– Added to repos: NotepadNext text editor, WineZGUI a Zenity based simple GUI for Wine
– Created a new community on Mastodon
– APTus installs virtualbox-6.1 Oracle deb, instead of Debian Sid debs on Sparky 7 now; it makes less problems with dependencies and building vbox module
– Added Sparky Linux kernel LTS to repos (amd64 only)
– Removed Sparky Linux kernel RC from repos
– Removed Sparky Linux kernel 686pae Latest from repos

It means, no more Sparky 686pae in Sparky repos, but, added a new LTS kernel to repos; the Sparky’s Latest and LTS kernels can be installed on amd64 machines only now.
There are 2 reasons to make such changes:
1. The 32 bit architecture is not much popular, so the default Debian kernel is perfect to keep your 32bit machine running; anyway, Xanmod still provides i686 kernel, which can be installed via APTus AppCenter;
2. The LTS kernel (now 5.15) is good choice if your machine require newer kernel than 5.10 but older than 5.18 (via backboard) on Sparky Stable 6; it is also good choice on testing line of Sparky 7, if you can not compile some external modules on the latest kernel (now 5.18)

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects. Your donations help keeping them and us alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in July too, please.

Country Supporter Amount Antoine B. € 15 Robert V. € 10 Jason W. € 25 Krzysztof M. PLN 50 Olaf T. € 10 Krzysztof S. PLN 80 Mitchel V. $ 50 Tom C. $ 15 Keith K. $ 10 Rafał Z. PLN 30 Andrzej P. PLN 10 Paweł S. PLN 44 Marek B. PLN 10 Alexander F. € 10 Rudolf L. € 10 Karl A. € 1.66 Stanisław G. PLN 50 unknown € 12.47 Dariusz D. PLN 10 Elton F. € 10 Aymeric L. € 10 Werner P. € 15 Gerhard L. € 10 Mateusz G. PLN 20 Jorg S. € 5 Daniel K. PLN 100 Jacek G. PLN 100 Mariusz S. PLN 123 Roger U. € 35 Maciej P. PLN 22 Dariusz M. € 10 Ralf A. € 15 Tomasz W. PLN 40 Ryan S. € 25 Krzysztof D. PLN 35 Wojciech H. PLN 1 Jan M. PLN 500 Total: 81 %
€ 229.13
PLN 1225
$ 75
mBTC 0

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

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WineZGUI

Thursday 23rd of June 2022 02:25:14 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: WineZGUI

What is WineZGUI?

WineZGUI (pronounced Wine-Zee-Goo-Eee) is a wine frontend for playing windows games with wine easily. It is a collection of Bash scripts for Wine Prefix Management and Linux Desktop Integration for easier wine gaming experience using Zenity. It allows quick launching of Direct play (not installed) EXE application or game from File Manager like Nautilus and allow creating separate wine prefix for each Windows’ EXE binary.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7):

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
sudo apt install winezgui

License: GNU GPL 3
Web: github.com/fastrizwaan/WineZGUI

 

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Support June 2022

Monday 20th of June 2022 08:02:19 PM

Dears Friends!

There are 10 days left to the end of the month and we have only 31% of donations so far

GRUB 2.06

Wednesday 15th of June 2022 11:01:56 AM

Today’s update on Sparky testing (7) of GRUB bootloader provides a notable change – it does not list other operating systems on the GRUB menu any more:

grub2 (2.06-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Boot menu entries for other operating systems are no longer generated by
default. To re-enable this, set GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=false in
/etc/default/grub.

If you have other operating systems installed on your machine edit the grub config file:
sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and add the line on the end of the file:
GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=false

then regenerate the GRUB menu list:
sudo update-grub

 

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NotepadNext

Saturday 11th of June 2022 07:32:26 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: NotepadNext

What is NotepadNext?

A cross-platform, reimplementation of Notepad++. Notepad Next is yet another text and source code editor.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install notepadnext

License: GNU GPL 3
Web: github.com/dail8859/NotepadNext

 

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