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DistroWatch.com: SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2016-12-23 19:46 UTC


SparkyLinux is a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution designed for both old and new computers featuring customised Enlightenment and LXDE desktops. It has been built on the "testing" branch of Debian GNU/Linux.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 33 (322), 6 months: 33 (326), 3 months: 44 (274), 4 weeks: 50 (259), 1 week: 51 (254)

Average visitor rating: 8.89/10 from 9 review(s).


SparkyLinux Summary
Distribution SparkyLinux
Home Page https://sparkylinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://sparkylinux.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php
Screenshots https://sparkylinux.org/screenshotsLinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors https://sparkylinux.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/sparkylinux/tickets/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-12-03: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.5
 • 2016-08-20: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.4
 • 2016-04-29: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.3
 • 2016-03-31: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.3 Dev 3
 • 2015-12-21: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.2
 • 2015-10-02: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.1
 • 2015-09-03: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.1 RC "Rescue"
 • 2015-06-26: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.0
 • 2015-04-03: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.0 RC
 • 2015-01-04: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 3.6 "GameOver"
 • 2014-12-08: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 3.6 "LXDE", "MATE", "Razor-qt", "Xfce"
 • 2014-09-26: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 3.5 "MATE", "Xfce", "Openbox", "JWM"
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-11-29 SparkyLinux unveils several changes
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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
Release Date 2016-12-23 2014-09-06 2013-09-29 2013-03-19 2012-12-18
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Enlightenment, LXDE, Razor-qt LXDE LXDE LXDE
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl en en
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
Package 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- 2.9.2 -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2
bind (9.11.0-P3) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (57.0.2987.133) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5
firefox (52.0.2) 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9
gcc (6.3.0) 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2
gimp (2.8.20) -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 --
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13
gnome-shell (3.24.0) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- 1.12.6 -- --
grub (2.00) 2.02 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (2.0.3a) 2.0.3 -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 18 9 9 9
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.1) 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 --
linux (4.10.6) 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23
Package 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.1 -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.2) 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5
mysql (5.7.17) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.0) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0
openjdk (8u121) 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2
php (7.1.3) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) 5.8.2 -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2
samba (4.6.1) 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6
systemd (233) 232 208 -- -- --
thunderbird (45.8.0) 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.9
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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-27
Votes: 0


Awesome Distro!Highly Recommend.Easy to install ,easy to update,easy to backup.nice and quick and a breeze to customize.Works Great with Refracta Tools also...Running this,MX16 & Bunsenlabs Hydrogen.Boot into this more often than anything else.


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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-27
Votes: 0


In my opinion the best rolling distro in town . Good choice for first timers at a debian testing based system. Maybe it is a bit overloaded with programs, but they do all really work straight out of the box. If it would be based on stable it would probably be a top 5 distro. I have tested the lxde and the lxqt , the lxde is light at 215 mb start up and for an lxde it is pleasant on the eyes. The LXQT uses only 10 mb more is slightly more configurable and has a bit more eye candy, but feels just a pinch less stable than lxde.
Sparky is snappy and fast without the heavy bling.


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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-18
Votes: 0


I fully agree.. Very underrated Distro..

After having tested a number of distros, this one is rock-colid stable.. The only thing that I do not like is the very depressing gray theme.. If only there was an option so that user could choose their own boot environment, it would have been much better..

But by far the most-stable, least-resource intensive & snappy Linux OS out there.. Also love the fact that changing the Desktop, even the kernel itself is just a few clicks away..

One of the most impressive distros for people who like bleeding-edge apps and not too finicky about first-appearances.. Just a -1 for the drab gray boot theme..


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