New in version 3.6

December 8th, 2014
  • improvements, such as:
  • Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-2)
  • razor-qt 0.5.2-4
  • 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 4th, 2014)

  • Linux kernel 3.14
  • All packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/05/31
  • Razor-Qt 0.5.2-4
  • 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/
  • The repository list has been split:
  • The main one features Debian repository only inside the file /etc/apt/sources.list
  • All additional repositories have been moved to the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
  • see: http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-repository/
  • Sparky Center – our system control center for LXDE desktop has been rebuilt, added tabs for every option and upgraded up to version 0.2.1
  • Sparky APTus – our tool for updating, installing and removing packages has been updated up to version 0.2.0; it offers new functions now:
  • Removing Non-Free and Restricted packages which are pre-installed in the system
  • Installation of missing language packages
  • Every option is placed in a separated tab
  • Sparky-Tray – our small app which is loaded to the system’s panel tray and gives quick access to APTus, Synaptic, repository list editor and root terminal has been updated up to version 0.1.2. It lets you edit all repo lists due to changes occurred in the repository list
  • Sparky-Backup-Apps – our applications backup tool has been updated up version 0.1.4
  • Sparky-Backup-System – our system backup tool has been updated up to version 0.1.7 – due to moving Sparky to systemd
  • A few apps have been removed: aptoncd, avidemux, audacity, devede, ogmrip, soundconverter; still available to install in the repository
  • Added a new package: hardinfo
  • New application in our repository: skype
  • Teamviewer has been updated up to version 9

New in version 3.3.1 (March 17th, 2014)

  • Due to a small bug in the base system (one library missing), the ‘new’ live installer does not want to launch in the Razor-Qt Edition of Sparky 3.3.
  • The new iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Razor-Qt is free of the bug so the new installer works fine.
  • Anyway there is the ‘old’ installer in the live system too so it can be used instead of the new one.

New in version 3.3 (March 7th, 2014)

  • New iso images of SparkyLinux provide a ton of updates, some changes and system improvements, such as:
  • Linux kernel 3.12
  • all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/03/04
  • new installer forked from LMDE/SolydXK (no support for EFI yet)
  • new wallpaper ‘Strange Nature’ by Sakasa + artwork of Grub, Plymouth and installer based on the wallpaper
  • sudo is active as default after installation
  • SparkyLinux default repository has been changed
  • new, refreshed logo
  • The ‘old’ installer is still available in the live system and it is recommended for ‘old’ machines. It can be run in text mode, by the command: sudo sparkylinux-installer or in graphical mode: sudo sparkylinux-installer gui.
  • The ‘old’ installer features two changes as well:
  • partition detection way has been changed after the disk partitioning process is ended
  • added new option ‘nogrub’ which lets you NOT install bootloader Grub.
  • Added new applications and tools:
  • Boot-repair – a simple tool to repair frequent boot issues
  • Truecrypt – a source-available freeware application used for on-the-fly disks and partitions encryption
  • Plymouth + sparky-plymouth-theme
  • uGet + Aria2 as the default download manager for Iceweasel, via FlashGot plugin
  • Osmo is out – replaced by Iceowl plugin for Icedove mail client
  • Hotot-Gtk microblogging client
  • sparky-eraser – simply graphical interface for ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ tools, read the post: Truecrypt & Sparky-Eraser
  • sparky-wine – simply Wine wrapper which lets you choose and install ‘.exe’ applications from a local drive

New in version 3.2 (December 10th, 2013)

  • Removed category “Debian” from the menu
  • Removed packages: qupzilla, claws-mail, qmmp
  • Added packages: iceweasel, icedove, exaile
  • Mounting USB devices via the default panel’s plugin bug is fixed; now you open USB disks with the default file manager PCManFM
  • Added new applications: sparky-conkeyset, sparky-fonset, sparky-keyboard, sparky-locales, sparky-passwdchange, sparky-timedateset, sparky-users, sparky-xdf

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.