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SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2020-09-02 10:55 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: 24 (427), 6 months: 26 (425), 3 months: 26 (376), 4 weeks: 33 (336), 1 week: 41 (268)

Average visitor rating: 8.25/10 from 139 review(s).


SparkyLinux Summary
Distribution SparkyLinux
Home Page https://sparkylinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.sparkylinux.org/
Alternative User Forums
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 announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2018-08-12: Development Release: SparkyLinux 5.5 RC
 • 2018-07-27: Development Release: SparkyLinux 5.5 Dev
 • 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
 • More SparkyLinux headlines...

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Feature 2020.09 5.12 4.12 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2020-09-02 2020-07-06 2020-03-11 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) 540-1400 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 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 2020.09 5.12 4.12 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 2020.09 5.12 4.12 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 (1.2.3.2) 1.2.3 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.2.3.2)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (5.0)
bind (9.17.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.17.5)
chromium (85.0.4183.121) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (85.0.4183.121)
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) 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)
e2fsprogs (1.45.6) 1.45.6 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.45.6)
firefox (81.0) 80.0 68.10.0 68.5.0 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (81.0)
freetype (2.10.2) 2.10.2 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9 freetype (2.10.2)
gcc (10.2.0) 10.1.0 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2 gcc (10.2.0)
gimp (2.10.20) -- -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.10.20)
glibc (2.32) 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.32)
gnome-shell (3.38.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.38.0)
gnucash (4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.1)
gnumeric (1.12.48) -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.48)
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.23) 3.24.5 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 gtk (3.24.23)
httpd (2.4.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.46)
inkscape (1.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.0.1)
k3b (20.08.1) -- -- -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (20.08.1)
kmod (27) 27 26 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (27)
krita (4.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.3.0)
libreoffice (7.0.1) 7.0.1 6.1.5 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (7.0.1)
linux (5.8.11) 5.7.17 4.19.118 4.9.210 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (5.8.11)
Package 2020.09 5.12 4.12 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- 0.9.3 0.9.1 0.5.12 0.5.10 0.5.10 0.5.10 lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.5.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.5.5)
mate-desktop (1.24.1) 1.24.1 -- -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.24.1)
mesa (20.1.8) 13.0.6 18.3.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (20.1.8)
mysql (8.0.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.21)
nautilus (3.38.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.38.0)
NVIDIA (450.66) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (450.66)
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 (15) -- -- -- 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (15)
openssh (8.3p1) 8.3p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (8.3p1)
openssl (1.1.1h) 1.1.1g 1.1.1d 1.1.0l 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c openssl (1.1.1h)
perl (5.32.0) 5.30.3 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.32.0)
php (7.4.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.4.10)
plasma-desktop (5.19.5) -- -- -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.19.5)
postfix (3.5.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.5.7)
postgresql (12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.4)
Python (3.8.5) 3.8.2 3.7.3 3.5.3 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.8.5)
qt (5.15.1) 5.14.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (5.15.1)
samba (4.13.0) 4.12.5 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.13.0)
systemd (246) 246.2 241 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (246)
thunderbird (78.3.0) 68.12.0 68.9.0 68.5.0 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (78.3.0)
vim (8.2) -- 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.11.1) 3.0.11.1 3.0.11 3.0.8 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4 vlc (3.0.11.1)
xfdesktop (4.14.2) 4.14 4.12.5 -- 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.2)
xorg-server (1.20.9) 1.20.8 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (1.20.9)

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Version: 2020.06
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-08-15
Votes: 32


Got the rolling version of Sparky after a recommendation. And I have to say that I really like it.

- I can now use software that my LTS distro I come from did not have, and it was not impossible to get it through any backdoors or flatpack or anything.

- Fast and lightweight for sure. There are very little going on in the background, so speedy and light.

- Just because Sparky is lightweight, it does not mean its something simple. There are many exciting features here that I would totally recommend looking at!

- Many DE to choose from. They are all there!

- Friendly and active forum. Can find the answers there to most things.

- Debian based. Yes, that deb package for example your vpn does actually work out of the box, without have to install some third party client.

- Stable release available, as well as rolling!

- Works wonders on older computers, and of course on new ones too.

- Everything works out of the box. What I mean is that after installation, wifi, sound, graphics, bluetooth, all just works!

- Password required when going in system settings. So security is absolutely there.

- Amazing GUI for most of the things you need. Sure I could use the terminal, but it is really nice to have a graphical interface when you want to activate the firewall, or upgrade the system etc. User friendly indeed.

Sparky is possibly the most liked Linux distros that I have tried during these years. I will keep this!


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Version: 2020.06
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-07-28
Votes: 16


Great Debian based distro. Currently on kernel 5.7 and libreoffice 7.0, MATE 1.24 works flawlessly on my low specs Atom netbook. I appreciate the fact it does not come with too much preinstalled software, for example I had to manually add blueman for bluetooth management.

It does a good job with heavy tasks such as playing youtube videos or java scripts.



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Version: 2020.06
Rating: 3
Date: 2020-07-22
Votes: 3


Would be OK for a daily driver except for problems which has existed with Sparky for years. There is a serious issue with security options being absent from the menus and the login screen which doesn't come up after a suspend. Unusable because of these problems.


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