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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: 32 (313), 6 months: 34 (328), 3 months: 47 (262), 4 weeks: 53 (246), 1 week: 54 (230)

Average visitor rating: 8.91/10 from 11 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 (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- -- -- --
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 (53.0) 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 (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- --
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+ (3.22.12) 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.0) 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 (5.3.2) 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 --
linux (4.10.12) 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 (17.0.4) 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- --
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 (8u131) 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 (7.1.4) -- -- -- -- --
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 (4.6.2) 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6
systemd (233) 232 208 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.0.1) 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
Reader supplied reviews for SparkyLinux

Average rating
8.9
from 11 review(s)



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Version: 3.5
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-21
Votes: 0


I like this distro a lot. I used it through versions 2 and 3 and appreciate its take on Debian, effectively making a rolling distribution out of it. It's pretty fast and light. The graphic design is bad, but if you can't change the colors and wallpaper then get an Apple. I also liked the early adoption of LXQT.
I quit using it because it broke more than I was willing to deal with. It is, I suppose, a byproduct of being essentially Debian Testing, which is part of the appeal. I just got tired of my work flow being stopped having to twiddle around figuring out why that latest update locked up my box. I realize that is just part of the fun for some.
My advise: update aggressively. Update whenever you boot.


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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-18
Votes: 0


Pros:
Well, I would like to say that I very like this distro. Honestly, I am even impressed, how it could be easy to use testing Debian with drivers, live cd etc. Great work!
Cons:
Personally, I would like to have better graphical appearance. Default plymonth-screen and wallpapers are just horrible.


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Version: 4.5.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-27
Votes: 1


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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