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SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2021-05-14 08:06 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 (349), 6 months: 33 (314), 3 months: 45 (263), 4 weeks: 57 (207), 1 week: 55 (191)

Average visitor rating: 8.37/10 from 136 review(s).


SparkyLinux Summary
Distribution SparkyLinux
Home Page https://sparkylinux.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-03-07: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2021.03
 • 2020-10-05: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.13
 • 2020-07-07: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.12
 • 2020-05-06: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2020.05
 • 2020-02-10: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2020.02
 • 2019-10-07: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.9
 • 2019-08-02: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2019.08
 • 2019-07-17: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.8
 • 2019-03-06: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.7
 • 2018-12-17: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.6
 • 2018-11-10: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.9
 • 2018-09-18: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.5
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 •2020-02-15 Sparky introduces MystiQ
 •2019-12-05 SparkyLinux introduces portable edition
 •2019-06-02 SparkyLinux adds QtFM file manager
 •2018-04-07 Sparky reducing number of editions
 •2017-12-12 Sparky runs on a Raspberry Pi
 •2016-11-29 SparkyLinux unveils several changes
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Feature 2021.03 5.15 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2021-03-06 2021-05-03 2020-10-04 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 600-1800 500-1400 400-1400           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Xfce LXQt, Xfce LXDE KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Enlightenment, LXDE, Razor-qt LXDE LXDE LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Semi-Rolling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 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 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 de, en, fr, pl en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2021.03 5.15 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 2021.03 5.15 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- 2.9.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.4)
alsa-lib (1.2.5.1) 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.2.5.1)
ati-driver (20.45) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (20.45)
bash (5.1.8) 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (5.1.8)
bind (9.16.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.16.18)
chromium (91.0.4472.114) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (91.0.4472.114)
cups (2.3.3) 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 cups (2.3.3)
dhcp (4.4.2-P1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.2 dhcp (4.4.2-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.46.2) 1.45.7 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.46.2)
firefox (89.0.2) 86.0 78.10.0 78.3.0 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (89.0.2)
freetype (2.10.4) 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9 freetype (2.10.4)
gcc (11.1.0) 10.2.1 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2 gcc (11.1.0)
gimp (2.10.24) -- -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.10.24)
glibc (2.33) 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.33)
gnome-shell (40.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (40.2)
gnucash (4.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.5)
gnumeric (1.12.50) -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.50)
grub (2.06) 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.2.1) 3.24.24 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 gtk (4.2.1)
httpd (2.4.48) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.48)
inkscape (1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.1)
k3b (21.04.2) 20.12.2 -- -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (21.04.2)
kmod (29) 28 26 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (29)
krita (4.4.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.4.5)
libreoffice (7.1.4) 7.0.4 6.1.5 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (7.1.4)
linux (5.12.12) 5.10.13 4.19.181 4.9.228 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (5.12.12)
Package 2021.03 5.15 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- 0.9.3 0.9.1 0.5.12 0.5.10 0.5.10 0.5.10 lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.5.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.5.10)
mate-desktop (1.24.1) 1.24.1 -- -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.24.1)
mesa (21.1.3) 20.3.4 18.3.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (21.1.3)
mysql (8.0.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.25)
nautilus (40.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (40.2)
NVIDIA (465.31) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (465.31)
openbox (3.6.1) 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 (16.0.1) -- -- -- 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (16.0.1)
openssh (8.6p1) 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (8.6p1)
openssl (1.1.1k) 1.1.1j 1.1.1d 1.1.0l 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c openssl (1.1.1k)
perl (5.34.0) 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.34.0)
php (8.0.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.0.7)
plasma-desktop (5.22.2.1) 5.20.5 -- -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.22.2.1)
postfix (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.6.1)
postgresql (13.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (13.3)
Python (3.9.5) 3.9.1 3.7.3 3.5.3 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.9.5)
qt (6.1.1) 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (6.1.1)
samba (4.14.5) 4.13.4 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.14.5)
systemd (248.3) 247.3 241 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (248.3)
thunderbird (78.11.0) 78.8.0 78.10.0 68.12.0 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (78.11.0)
vim (8.2) 8.2 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.16) 3.0.12 3.0.12 3.0.11.1 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4 vlc (3.0.16)
xfdesktop (4.16.0) 4.16.0 4.12.5 -- 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.16.0)
xorg-server (1.20.11) 1.20.10 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (1.20.11)

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Version: 2021.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-06-14
Votes: 7


I have to give Sparky a 9/10, since it's all I could expect, and more. Smooth installation, lightweight (~600 MB idle with KDE desktop), firewall is extremely easy to configure, audio/video codecs, Bluetooth and GPU drivers working out of the box, custom apps are extremely useful yet unobtrusive, has its own repos in addition to all of Debian's. The only con was that the keyboard layout I chose during installation wouldn't be recognised once the SO was, well, installed, so I had to change it from the KDE system configuration app.

So, if you don't care too much about eye candy, Sparky is more than fine, kudos to devs.


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Version: 2021.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-05-31
Votes: 16


I have to give Sparky a high score. I can find nothing wrong with it, at all. It does everything it's asked to do, and stays out of the way. My very first test is always to see how easily it can find and install printers. Top scores, there. Then, can it find scanners? Yup. Firewall is oh-so-easy to set up. Changing the wallpaper is a snap. Like I said, it just works. BTW, I installed the Mate version, which is now my "go to" desktop environment. Mate is attractive, yet not loaded down with unnecessary eye candy. It is so functional, and it's easy to customize.
The only "con" I see is that Bluetooth does not seem to be supported. That's odd, so maybe it's just me. But over all, I like Sparky a lot.


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Version: 2021.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-05-24
Votes: 4


I installed Sparky 2021.03, with the Mate desktop. on an old Dell inspirion5521 ...and bravo all my hardware is recognized.
PROS
Lightweight (525MB RAM is used at idle), fast and simple
After 1 month of hard play this distro stays very stable although its a semi-rolling.
Ease to update, install or remove software thanks to Synaptic or APTus-APPCENTER
Ease to maintain thanks to in house APTus
Based on Debian testing
CONS
No preview of video, image,sound in Caja (the file manager for mate DE
but works by installing ffmpegthumbnailer and libgdk-pixbuf2.0-bin with synaptic
To test your speakers in Control Center/Sound/Hardware you have to install lbcanberra-pulse

These small things can easily be corrected but could irritate newcomers.
Try it , you will not be disappointed even if you come from Mint or MX and you will see how Sparky is comfortable .




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