SparkyLinux MATE Changelog

New in version 4.0

June 26th, 2015
  • full system upgrade from Debian testing repository as of 22/06/2015
  • Linux kernel 4.0.5
  • added support for the system installation on 32 bit machines with UEFI motherboard
  • Razor-Qt Edition has been dropped
  • added two new editions: KDE and LXQt
  • system rebranding, see HowTo: http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-rebranding/
  • new flat theme “Sparky4″ and a set of icons “Ultra-Flat-Icons”
  • added Pipelight repository and the public key
  • Gnome-Alsamixer has been replaced by Pulse Audio Mixer (LXDE & LXQt editions)
  • Mplayer2, Gnome-player and Gecko-player have been removed
  • VLC is the default video player now
  • added vlc-mozilla-plugin for Iceweasel
  • Sparky APTus features a few new options:
  • Liquorix kernel installation
  • i686-pae kernel installation for 32 bit systems
  • office suite installation (via ‘sparky-office’ package):
  • AbiWord & Gnumeric
  • Calligra
  • LibreOffice
  • MS Office OnLine (Menu shortcuts)
  • OpenOffice
  • WPS Office

New in version 3.6 (December 8th, 2014)

  • improvements, such as:
  • Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-2)
  • mate 1.8.1
  • grub 2.02~beta2
  • Twitter’s microblogging client Hotot replaced by Turpial (Hotot is not under development any more)
  • the new wallpaper ‘Vortex’ by LiquidSky64
  • Sparky Conky Manager updated up to version 0.1.7 having a new applet of battery status
  • System has been synchronized with Debian “testing” repository as of 03/12/2014.
  • Added new apps:
  • sparky-aptus-upgrade (System Upgrade) – small (recommended) tool for system upgrading
  • sparky-systemd-ui – a metapackage which gives you an access to systemd settings as root
  • Removed packages:
  • sparky-tray
  • old, deprecated mate packages of 1.4 & 1.6

New in version 3.4 (June 27th, 2014)

  • Linux kernel 3.14
  • all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/06/23
  • Openbox 3.5.2-6
  • MATE 1.8
  • support for installation on machines with EFI
  • systemd is the default init system now, see how to change sysvinit to systemd:
  • http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-systemd/
  • menu of Openbox (Base Edition) has gotten a few extra scripts
  • added new package: hardinfo
  • TeamViewer has been updated up to version 9

New in version 3.2 (December 18th, 2013)

  • Linux kernel 3.11-2 (3.11.10-1)
  • All packages have been upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/12/15
  • MATE 1.6
  • Added support for installation 32 bit applications on 64 bit systems
  • Added 32 bit wine package for 64 bit system
  • Added package curl – it’s a missing depends for PlayOnLinux
  • MATE desktop – added packages: sparky-conky, sparky-locales, sparky-tray
  • sparky-aptus has been updated up to version 0.1.6 – added new option ‘Fix Broken DPKG’ – it lets you fix not (or wrong) installed/upgraded packages with ‘dpkg’ tool.

New in version 3.1 (October 8th, 2013)

  • Linux kernel 3.10-3 (3.10.11-1)
  • All packages have been updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/10/05
  • SparkyBackup-System one more bug fixed (thanks to The Black Pig) – updated up to 0.1.5
  • e17 desktop is available as a separated iso image now and it has been updated up to 0.17.3 version from Debian unstable Sid repository
  • Added Teamviewer client, Sparky APTus, Minitube, Gnote, Osmo, Radiotray and Xfburn.

New in version 2.1.1 (April 26th, 2013)

  • Linux kernel 3.2.41
  • MATE 1.6 updated from MATE project’s repos
  • rest of packages have been updated from Debiana testing repos of 24/04/2013

New in version 2.1 (March 19th, 2013)

  • Linux kernel 3.2.39-2
  • minor bugs fixing
  • live system works on USB stick fixing
  • full system installation on USB stick – link
  • new set of wallpapers