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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; 9 years ago (2012-05-05)[2]
Latest release(Rolling release) / 6.0[3] Edit this on Wikidata, 19 August 2021; 37 days ago (19 August 2021)
Available inMultilingual
Update methodAPT (front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg (front-ends available)
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64, ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
LXQt, MATE and Xfce
LicenseMainly GPL and other free software licenses, minor additions of proprietary

SparkyLinux is a desktop-oriented operating system based on the Debian operating system. The project offers a ready to use operating system with a set of various customised lightweight 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 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.


SparkyLinux is based on "stable" and "testing" branch of Debian and uses '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 and Xfce 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]

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]


  1. ^ "SparkyLinux Team". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ "SparkyLinux 1.0 wersja finalna". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Sparky 6.0 "Po Tolo"". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b About SparkyLinux | SparkyLinux
  6. ^ "Sparky APTus – SparkyLinux". Retrieved 2021-03-08.

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