SparkyLinux E19 3.5.1
Offers a rolling-release model
The SparkyLinux project follows a rolling-release model based on the stable Debian branch, has five different desktop environments, supports most wireless and wired network cards, includes support for English and Polish languages, and it is easily installable on disk drives or USB sticks. In addition, the operating system includes Lite (JWM), Xfce, LXDE, MATE, Razor-Qt, CLI, Trinity, Ultra, and GameOver editions, which can all be downloaded from Softpedia.
Distributed as 64-bit and 32-bit Live DVDs
SparkyLinux E17 is distributed as Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (32-bit and 64-bit), designed to be installed on a local disk drive.
The boot medium supports the English, French, German, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish languages.
It can also be used to boot the live environment in text mode, failsafe mode, run a memory test, or boot from the first hard disk drive. As mentioned before, this edition comes with the Enlightenment window manager, which provides users with an eye-candy and accessible desktop experience.
Default applications include the Iceweasel web browser (fork of Mozilla Firefox), Icedove email client (for of Mozilla Thunderbird), Liferea feed reader, gFTP FTP client, Pidgin instant messenger, TeamViewer remote desktop client, Transmission torrent downloader, uGet download manager, and XChat IRC client.
Additionally, the Hotot Twitter client, the official Dropbox client, GIMP image editor, Audacity sound editor, Avidemux video editor, DeVeDe DVD-Video creator, Exaile music player, GNOME MPlayer video player, Radio Tray, VLC Media Player, RecordMyDesktop, OGMRip video encoder, PlayOnLinux, and the entire LibreOffice office suite are also included.
All in all, SparkyLinux E17 is a superb Linux distribution. It is fast, stable, reliable, modern, and comes with a very good collection of open source applications. We recommend using it as your only operating system, on either high-end or low-end computers.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on October 9th, 2014
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- Linux kernel 3.14
- All packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/05/31
- Enlightenment has been updated up to version E18 (0.18.2/0.18.5), see how to manually upgrade E17 to E18: http://sparkylinux.org/how-to-upgrade-sparky-e17-to-e18/
- Support for installation on machines with EFI
Application descriptionSparkyLinux E19 is an open source, freely distributed, fast and lightweight Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Lin...