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DistroWatch.com: SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2017-11-18 21:59 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: 30 (334), 6 months: 27 (339), 3 months: 28 (335), 4 weeks: 26 (408), 1 week: 12 (814)

Average visitor rating: 8.24/10 from 38 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:
 • 2017-11-19: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.7
 • 2017-09-27: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.1
 • 2017-07-17: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.0
 • 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
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-11-29 SparkyLinux unveils several changes
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Feature 5.0 4.7 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2017-07-15 2017-11-18 2016-12-23 2014-09-06 2013-09-29 2013-03-19 2012-12-18 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 947-3700             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop LXQt, Xfce LXDE, Xfce KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Enlightenment, LXDE, Razor-qt LXDE LXDE LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems               Journaled File Systems
Multilingual de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 5.0 4.7 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 5.0 4.7 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.9.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (62.0.3202.94) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (62.0.3202.94)
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.2 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (57.0) 52.2.0 52.5.0 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (57.0)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 6.3.0 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.24 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.36) -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.36)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.22.16 3.22.11 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 gtk+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.3)
kmod (24) 24 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.3) 5.2.7 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (5.4.3)
linux (4.14.1) 4.11.6 4.9.51 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (4.14.1)
Package 5.0 4.7 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.10)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.5) 13.0.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (17.2.5)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) 8u131 8u151 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c openssl (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.12)
plasma-desktop (5.11.3) -- -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.3)
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.9.3) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (5.9.3)
samba (4.7.3) 4.6.5 4.5.12 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.7.3)
systemd (235) 233 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.5.0) 52.2.1 52.4.0 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (52.5.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4 vlc (2.2.8)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.19.3 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (1.19.5)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.2
from 38 review(s)



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Version: 4.7
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-11-20
Votes: 3


I like very much this distro, but new version (4.7) don't allows install with less than of 1 gb ram, even with light desktops such LXQT; XFCE, etc., so I can't install on my old laptop with 640 mb ram.


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Version: 5.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-11-13
Votes: 0


Very configurable. Easy switch from Windows. Love LXQT with Debian.
I try every distro as they are listed on DW and was impressed enough to make this a dual boot on main laptop.



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Version: 5.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-11-13
Votes: 0


LXQT Debian Testing:
Quad-Core machine with 6G RAM
LXQT is stable but needs some polishing around the edges, e.g. you have to install lxappearance to make GTK apps follow your theme, but that has nothing to do with the Sparky team.
A usable Debian system without having to sacrifice a goat.
User friendly with some nice helper apps.
Blazing fast.


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