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SparkyLinux 6.0 "Po Tolo" with Xfce
DeveloperSparkyLinux team[1]
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release5 May 2012; 12 years ago (2012-05-05)[2]
Latest release7.3[3] / 14 March 2024; 3 months ago (14 March 2024)
Available inMultilingual
Update methodAPT (front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg (front-ends available)
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64, ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
LXQt, MATE, Xfce and KDE
LicenseMainly GPL and other free software licenses, minor additions of proprietary
Official websitesparkylinux.org

SparkyLinux is a desktop-oriented operating system based on the Debian operating system. The project offers a ready to use operating system with various desktops to choose from.[4] SparkyLinux is released 3-4 times per year to provide the latest versions of all applications.


The project was born in October 2011 as an Ubuntu remix with Enlightenment as the default desktop having the name ue17r (Ubuntu Enlightenment17 Remix). After a few months of testing, the base system was changed to Debian, and it was renamed to SparkyLinux.


SparkyLinux has two main "flavors": the "stable flavor", which is based on the latest Debian stable, and the “rolling flavor”, which is based on the testing (next stable) branch of Debian and uses a (semi-)rolling-release cycle. Additionally, it includes a collection of tools and scripts to help users with easy administration of the system.[5]

The default desktop environments are LXQt (former LXDE), MATE, Xfce, and KDE, but users can install other desktops via 'Sparky APTus'.

As Sparky ISO image features a few proprietary packages, the 'Sparky APTus' provides a small tool called 'Non-Free Remover' which can easily uninstall all 'contrib' and 'non-free' packages from the system.[6]

Since 2023, the project offers storage persistence from a utility which writes USB disk images. The feature so far only works on the MinimalGUI version of SparkyLinux.[7]

Special editions[edit]

  • GameOver Edition, targeted to gamers. It features a large set of free and open-source games and some needed tools;
  • Rescue Edition, provides a live system and a large number of applications for recovering broken operating systems;
  • Multimedia for audio, video and HTML pages editing;
  • MinimalCLI and MinimalGUI.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SparkyLinux Team". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ "SparkyLinux 1.0 wersja finalna". 5 May 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  3. ^ pavroo (14 March 2024). "Sparky 7.3".
  4. ^ "Start [Sparky Wiki]".
  5. ^ a b About SparkyLinux | SparkyLinux
  6. ^ "Sparky APTus – SparkyLinux". Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  7. ^ pavroo. "Sparky 2023.01 + Persistence". SparkyLinux. Retrieved 2023-02-05.

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