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SparkyLinux


Last Update: 2023-10-11 21:37 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: 23 (370), 6 months: 23 (355), 3 months: 29 (299), 4 weeks: 40 (244), 1 week: 45 (218)

Average visitor rating: 8.59/10 from 83 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:
 • 2023-06-15: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 7.0
 • 2023-02-06: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 6.6
 • 2022-08-13: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 6.4
 • 2022-03-08: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2022.03
 • 2021-09-19: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2021.09
 • 2021-08-20: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 6.0
 • 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
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2023-01-21 Sparky offers storage persistence on USB thumb drives
 • 2022-08-02 Sparky updates classic desktops and language translations
 • 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
 • More SparkyLinux headlines...

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Feature 2023.10 7.1 6.6 5.16 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2023-10-11 2023-09-13 2023-02-05 2022-01-14 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 600-1800 600-1800 600-1800 500-1400 400-1400           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Xfce KDE Plasma, LXQt, Xfce KDE Plasma, LXQt, 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 (APT) DEB (APT) DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Semi-Rolling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, 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 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 de, en, fr, pl de, en, fr, pl en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2023.10 7.1 6.6 5.16 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 2023.10 7.1 6.6 5.16 4.13 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.9.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.10) 1.2.9 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.2.5.1 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.2.10)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 22.0.0 -- 19.1.0 21.0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.1 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.20)
chromium (119.0.6045.199) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (119.0.6045.199)
cups (2.4.7) 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 cups (2.4.7)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.3 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 (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 1.47.0 1.46.2 1.46.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.47.0)
firefox (120.0.1) 115.3.0 102.15.0 102.7.0 95.0 78.3.0 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (120.0.1)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.11.0 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (13.2.0) 13.2.0 12.2.0 10.2.1 11.2.0 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2 gcc (13.2.0)
gimp (2.10.36) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.10.36)
glibc (2.38) 2.37 2.36 2.31 2.32 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.38)
gnome-shell (45.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (45.1)
gnucash (5.4-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.4-1)
gnumeric (1.12.56) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.56)
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.06 2.06 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.12.4) 4.8.3 4.8.3 3.24.24 3.24.30 3.22.11 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 gtk (4.12.4)
httpd (2.4.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.58)
inkscape (1.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.1)
k3b (23.08.3) 23.08.1 23.04.2 21.04.3 21.08.3 -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (23.08.3)
kmod (31) 30 30 28 29 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (31)
krita (5.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.1)
libreoffice (7.6.3) 7.5.6 7.4.7 7.0.4 7.2.3 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (7.6.3)
linux (6.6.3) 6.5.3 6.1.52 5.10.162 5.15.5 4.9.228 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (6.6.3)
Package 2023.10 7.1 6.6 5.16 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 (11.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.1.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.2) 1.26.2 1.26.0 -- 1.24.1 -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.2)
mesa (23.3.0) 23.2.1 22.3.6 20.3.5 21.2.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (23.3.0)
mysql (8.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.2.0)
nautilus (45.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (45.1)
NVIDIA (545.29.06) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (545.29.06)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 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 (21.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (21.0.1)
openssh (9.5p1) 9.4p1 9.2p1 8.4p1 8.7p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (9.5p1)
openssl (3.2.0) 3.0.9 3.0.9 1.1.1n 1.1.1l 1.1.0l 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c openssl (3.2.0)
perl (5.38.2) 5.36.0 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.32.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.38.2)
php (8.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.27.9) 5.27.8 5.27.5 5.20.5 5.23.4 -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.27.9)
postfix (3.8.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.3)
postgresql (16.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.1)
Python (3.12.0) 3.11.4 3.11.2 3.9.2 3.9.7 3.5.3 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.12.0)
qt (6.6.1) 6.4.2 6.4.2 5.15.2 5.15.2 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (6.6.1)
samba (4.19.3) 4.19.0 4.17.10 4.13.13 4.13.14 4.5.16 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.19.3)
systemd (254.7) 254.5 252.12 247.3 249.7 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (254.7)
thunderbird (115.5.1) 115.3.1 102.15.0 102.6.0 91.3.2 68.12.0 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (115.5.1)
vim (9.0) 9.0 -- -- -- 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.20) 3.0.18 3.0.18 3.0.18 3.0.16 3.0.11.1 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4 vlc (3.0.20)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.18.1 4.16.0 4.16.0 -- 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.9) 21.1.8 21.1.7 1.20.11 1.20.13 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (21.1.9)

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Version: 7.1
Rating: 6
Date: 2023-10-25
Votes: 0


Good
-rolling distro
-Senseable installation of apps including all basics such as Firewall.
-Supports different desktop such as KDE


Bad:
-Aptus does not appear to install some items that it display providing an error. the apps shown differ than what is avaialble through apt-get install.
-when using encrypted disk if the password is mistyped it drops to the grub menu instead of providing a retry so a reboot is required to try again.
-Aptus App center search doesn't work properly. If I search for VLC several other apps show in the search results.
-Riseup VPN performs differently than the debian version downloaded from the riseup site. Example choice of differnt countries.
-no snapshot of system for restoration in the event of a failure
-The clipboard manager should always allow te ability to delete all copied information after a specific time for security.
-missing panel network utilization & disk usage


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Version: 2023.07
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-09-13
Votes: 0


I had SparkyLinux 6.7 (Po-Tolo), which ran perfectly, fast, simple but most importantly never crashed.

On completing a fresh install of 7.0.1, LXQt amd64, Sparky stable edition, 2 days of use and the pc had crashed 5 times.

Caps lock light does not come on, screen frozen, nothing works.

As a full time Linux user since the 2006, this is completely new to me.

This version is no longer stable.

What ever has happened needs to be investigated.

I fear the open source world has become bloated and some aspects have become vulnerable.



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Version: 7.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-08-15
Votes: 1


Good
-The menu's are very crisp and clean to look at and select apps

Bad:
when using encrypted disk if the password is mistyped it drops to the grub menu instead of providing a retry so a reboot is required to try again.
-Aptus App center search doesn't work properly. If I search for VLC several other apps show in the search results. Other searches do not work even though it is available in the repository.
-The clipboard manager should always allow te ability to delete all copied information after a specific time for security.


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