SparkyLinux

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SparkyLinux
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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; 10 years ago (2012-05-05)[2]
Latest release2023.01, kernel Linux 6.1.4[3] / 21 January 2023; 15 days ago (2023-01-21)
Available inMultilingual
Update methodAPT (front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg (front-ends available)
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64, ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
UserlandGNU
Default
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.

History[edit]

The project was born on 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.

Features[edit]

SparkyLinux is based on "stable" and "testing" branches of Debian and uses a 'rolling-release-cycle' (testing based only). 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 creating;
  • MinimalCLI and MinimalGUI.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SparkyLinux Team". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ "SparkyLinux 1.0 wersja finalna". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  3. ^ ""SparkyLinux 2023.01 Released"".
  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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