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SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2020-01-11 21:31 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: 28 (356), 6 months: 24 (386), 3 months: 28 (379), 4 weeks: 32 (375), 1 week: 22 (674)

Average visitor rating: 8.25/10 from 110 review(s).


SparkyLinux Summary
Distribution SparkyLinux
Home Page https://sparkylinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.sparkylinux.org/
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Documentation https://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php
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Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/sparkylinux/tickets/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2018-05-13: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.8
 • 2018-04-12: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.8 RC
 • 2018-03-10: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.3
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 •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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  • 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 2019.12 5.10 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2019-12-02 2020-01-11 2019-07-10 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, 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 Fixed 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 2019.12 5.10 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 2019.12 5.10 4.11 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 (1.2.1.2) 1.1.9 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.2.1.2)
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 (9.15.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.7)
chromium (79.0.3945.130) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (79.0.3945.130)
cups (2.3.1) 2.3.0 2.2.10 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 cups (2.3.1)
dhcp (4.4.1) 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 (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.5) 1.45.4 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.45.5)
firefox (72.0.1) 70.0.1 68.4.1 60.7.2 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (72.0.1)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9 freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 9.2.1 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2 gcc (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.14) -- -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.10.14)
glibc (2.30) 2.29 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.34.3)
gnucash (3.8b) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.8b)
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.46)
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.13) 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 (3.24.13)
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.12.1) -- -- -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (19.12.1)
kmod (26) 26 26 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (26)
krita (4.2.8.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.8.2)
libreoffice (6.3.4) 6.3.3 6.1.5 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (6.3.4)
linux (5.4.13) 5.3.9 4.19.67 4.9.168 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (5.4.13)
Package 2019.12 5.10 4.11 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 (10.4.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.11)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.3.2) 19.2.4 18.3.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (19.3.2)
mysql (8.0.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.19)
nautilus (3.34.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.34.2)
NVIDIA (440.44) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (440.44)
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 (13.0.1) -- -- -- 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (13.0.1)
openssh (8.1p1) 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1d 1.1.1d 1.1.0k 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c openssl (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.1) 5.30.0 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.30.1)
php (7.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.4.1)
plasma-desktop (5.17.5) -- -- -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.5)
postfix (3.4.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.8)
postgresql (12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.1)
Python (3.8.1) 3.7.5 3.7.3 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.8.1)
qt (5.14.0) 5.12.5 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (5.14.0)
samba (4.11.4) 4.11.1 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.11.4)
systemd (244) 243 241 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (244)
thunderbird (68.4.1) 60.9.0 68.3.0 60.7.2 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (68.4.1)
vim (8.2) -- 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 3.0.8 3.0.7 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4 vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.2) 4.14.1 4.12.5 -- 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.2)
xorg-server (1.20.7) 1.20.4 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (1.20.7)

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Version: 5.10
Rating: 8
Date: 2020-01-12
Votes: 13


Installed 'Sparky 5.9' in a VM a month or so ago and was so impressed after testing, I clean installed the Stable Edition 5.9 on 2009 laptop with an SSD.
Glad I did, the laptop flies compared to other so called 'lightweight distros' and is well maintained by the devs with the added option of changing GUI within the OS to a large selection of interfaces via the sparky APT
Updated itself to 5.10 with no issues via 'sparky upgrade' so no re-installation required, nice work!
LXQT is certainly moving forward with these developers for older tech and new.


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Version: 5.9
Rating: 7
Date: 2020-01-03
Votes: 0


It doesn't allow me to install the 32 bit version on a 512MB ram laptop. The installer says at least 1GB of ram is required while they say the minimum requirement is 256MB for the LXQt version on their wiki page.


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Version: 5.9
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-12-31
Votes: 0


Gave it a try on a virtual machine.
Used the XFCE release. Being one of the default desktops, I trust it will be better tested than say, Budgie.

It has a pretty wide software selection through their APTus manager.

Now, to why I took down a couple of points:
-APTus includes Brave Browser, though it does not even start once
installed. This issue exists within Debian, since they don't have Brave
in their repositories.
-I had to install synaptics, the mouse/touchpad controller. Before that the pointer behaved erratically. Was still usable, but irritating after a while. Now it only behaves funny if you try to drag a window around.
-It somehow uses 1GB of RAM on idle, which is not high nowadays, but compared to other XFCE distros it is.
For context, MX, Linux Mint XFCE and Debian XFCE take up about 450-550 MB. It goes higher than Manjaro XFCE's 750MB.
-Very minor detail: xfce monitor (cpu, RAM, swap) has to be manually installed.

Regarding web browsers, it offers Palemoon and Waterfox, besides the more familiar Firefox and Chromium. In fact, it shows Firefox ESR and Firefox "latest", though with the "latest" I had an error saying that my system was too old to install said version. Tor and Midori work fine, Iridium does not boot. Chrome is there too, but if you found Sparky Linux I doubt you want to install it too much Google stuff.

Being on a virtual machine, I did not test hardware drivers (proprietary or not).
It has a multiboot usb creator, which I would very much like to try on a bare-metal install.



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