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Last Update: 2019-11-03 15:15 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 (368), 6 months: 27 (368), 3 months: 30 (358), 4 weeks: 31 (379), 1 week: 28 (509)

Average visitor rating: 8.27/10 from 102 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
Download Mirrors https://sparkylinux.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/sparkylinux/tickets/
Related Websites  
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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...

 •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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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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 2019.11 5.9 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2019-11-03 2019-10-06 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 2019.11 5.9 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
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Version: 2019.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-11-07
Votes: 1

This distro has been very well thought out in regards to the things available for non-technical users to install, a simple way to add programs & browsers ect without being a comand line genius via synaptic package manager & APTus loaded with almost anything you might want to install. the os runs fast & smooth with no probems so far. negatives When installing installs a machine id = WHY ? missed a trick when they failed to include the sphere browser in the massive list of available browsers. overall This might just give the top os a run for their money

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Version: 2019.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-11-04
Votes: 7

The best rolling distro. The main advantage: you always have the latest software without the need to reinstall every 2 or 4 four years. Just keep rolling the packages. It provides its own sparky-aptus tool where you can fiddle with software. I`ve been using it at home and at work without problems.

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Version: 2019.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-11-04
Votes: 4

As solid as MX but with a rolling model. have it on my old Pentium 4 and it has never had an issue other than a very rare "freeze".

I use XFCE just because I'm used to that DE and Sparky is reliable and updates are a breeze.

I use MX 19 on my 64 Bit but am considering using Sparky on it.

Sparky's included tools are well thought out and the system just works.

My two favorite distro's MX and Sparky I would rate equal in terms of ease of use and reliability.

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