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SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2019-10-06 15:49 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: 27 (367), 6 months: 27 (363), 3 months: 22 (415), 4 weeks: 24 (429), 1 week: 21 (558)

Average visitor rating: 8.25/10 from 96 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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2.x: DistroWatch
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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:
 •2019-06-02 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...

Table Notes and Explanations

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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 2019.09 5.9 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2019-09-01 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 2019.09 5.9 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 2019.09 5.9 4.11 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- 2.9.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.8 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.1.9)
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 (9.15.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.4)
chromium (77.0.3865.120) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (77.0.3865.120)
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.12 2.2.10 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 cups (2.3.0)
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 (1.45.4) 1.45.3 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.45.4)
firefox (69.0.3) 68.0.2 60.9.0 60.7.2 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (69.0.3)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 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 (2.10.12) -- -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.30) 2.28 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.34.1)
gnucash (3.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.7)
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.12) 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 (3.24.12)
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.2) -- -- -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (19.08.2)
kmod (26) 26 26 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (26)
krita (4.2.7.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.7.1)
libreoffice (6.3.2) 6.3.0 6.1.5 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (6.3.2)
linux (5.3.6) 5.2.9 4.19.67 4.9.168 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (5.3.6)
Package 2019.09 5.9 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 (10.4.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.8)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.2.1) 19.1.4 18.3.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (19.2.1)
mysql (8.0.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.18)
nautilus (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.34.1)
NVIDIA (435.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (435.21)
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) -- -- -- 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (13)
openssh (8.1p1) 8.0p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1c 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 (5.30.0) 5.28.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.10)
plasma-desktop (5.17.0) -- -- -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.0)
postfix (3.4.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.7)
postgresql (12.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.0)
Python (3.8.0) 2.7.16 2.7.16 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.8.0)
qt (5.13.1) 5.11.3 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (5.13.1)
samba (4.11.0) 4.9.11 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.11.0)
systemd (243) 242 241 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (243)
thunderbird (68.1.2) 60.8.0 60.9.0 60.7.2 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (68.1.2)
vim (8.1) -- 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.1)
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 (4.14.1) 4.14 4.12.5 -- 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 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 (1.20.5)

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Version: 5.9
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-10-10
Votes: 8


I am using the live version at present so I can not mark its performance on ease of installation etc but I am impressed. I always saw it pop up in distro searches for older machines so never bothered with it. Everything I need to work out of the box does, eg wifi and print configuration. Yippe. Some of the bigger names could take a lesson.
Thinking I have to find a spot on one of my machines for this distro. I would go as far as to call it elegant.


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Version: 5.9
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-10-10
Votes: 0


Second best distro I liked after Zorin OS. The installation is user friendly and fast. Minimal RAM useage. I used the XFCE based DE. using and the interaction is satisfactory. Would recommend to start from here. Though the 5.9 gave a hard time in setting up password.


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Version: 5.9
Rating: 4
Date: 2019-10-09
Votes: 0


I installed v. 5.9 Xfce (stable).

The installer asks for a too long and complicated (and inconvenient in my case) security password for your system. Login window always ask for user.
Their own application installer, aptus, doesn't have a way to search for applications.
I was unable to add or change languages and locales. The aptus installer doesn't work for this.
Firefox version is ESR and it was impossible to install a regular version with aptus or with synaptic.
I didn't know if there is an automatic system update working or if I have to check it and how: there is no feedback about it. It seems that it doesn't work (I don know).

I love Xfce systems based on Debian, but this one is buggy. MXLinux or Xubuntu are much better options.


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