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DistroWatch.com: SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2017-06-22 12:24 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: 34 (305), 6 months: 42 (278), 3 months: 42 (265), 4 weeks: 44 (248), 1 week: 22 (406)

Average visitor rating: 8.47/10 from 15 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/screenshotsDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
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:
 • 2017-06-22: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.6
 • 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"
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-11-29 SparkyLinux unveils several changes
 • More SparkyLinux headlines...

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Feature 4.6 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
Release Date 2017-06-22 2016-12-23 2014-09-06 2013-09-29 2013-03-19 2012-12-18
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Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop LXDE, Xfce KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Enlightenment, LXDE, Razor-qt LXDE LXDE LXDE
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice --
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 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 de, en, fr, pl en en
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.6 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
Package 4.6 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- 2.9.2 -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 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 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2
bind (9.11.1-P1) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.109) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5
firefox (54.0) 52.2.0 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11
freetype (2.8) 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9
gcc (7.1.0) 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 --
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.16) 3.22.11 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.26) -- -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.2) -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 23 18 9 9 9
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 --
linux (4.11.6) 4.9.30 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23
Package 4.6 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5
mariadb (10.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.3) 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0
openjdk (8u131) 8u131 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2
php (7.1.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.2) -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2
qt (5.9.0) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2
samba (4.6.5) 4.5.8 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6
systemd (233) 232 232 208 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.2.0) 45.8.0 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.12.3 -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for SparkyLinux

Average rating
8.5
from 15 review(s)



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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-22
Votes: 1


Very good distro for someone who likes to choose his software carefully but there is also a full version with lots of software.

Pros:
- fast
- based on Debian testing
- lightweight at the start
- good choice of flavours (desktop environments, you can also easily choose another after install)
- good tools for system administration

Cons:
- LxQt desktop I installed was quite unstable (but in fact it's still work in progress)
- theme is to... gray. Boring and hurts your eyes. We need some colors ! (not much)


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Version: 4.6
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-06-22
Votes: 0


Looked interesting, but it will not/ cannot recognize the keyboard of my older HP Pavilion laptop. While it did recognize my wireless hardware, I could not connect to network because I was unable to type password to join. I will give this a pass until it is stable enough to recognize US computer keyboards.


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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-12
Votes: 1


"Why is Sparky free?
Love?
Stupidity?
Masochism?
Madness?
I think, all of the above!"
-Their website.
Sparky is my main distribution, mainly for LXQt and Wireless support! It's very stable even with it being rolling release because it's based on Debian, and also adds more software to the repository! Basically, it's free DLC to Debian. Very nice Poland!
Przejdź do Polski!


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