Debian Based SparkyLinux 2022.10

Heyas Linuxy frens

If you’re reading my bloggo and its Linux content for quite a while you know these few very daft and boring facts about your editrix:

  • I don’t use any Debian/Ubuntu based distros
  • If I would use Debian I’d forfeit vanilla Debian, MX, LMDE and others but go with the well-known but sadly under appreciated Polish distro Sparky.

Since YouTube channel 9to5Linux just uploaded a video about the latest version of Sparky, and we don’t get to see/hear much about this nice little distro, I’ll link to it here in my bloggy as well. Maybe you understand why I can appreciate this bland workhorse. Because that’s what Debian should be in my eyes. A robust work system without any sugarcoating and cherry on top.

But look for yourself:

In This Video We Are Looking At A new display manager, kernel 5.19, and two new themes are some of the features in the just-released update to the Sparky Rolling series.

SparkyLinux is a Debian-based lightweight desktop-oriented Linux distribution that aims to be easy on system resources and can breathe new life into aging computers.

The distro has two editions. The first is a regular point release based entirely on the stable Debian branch that adheres to the established pattern of releasing new versions over time.

The second version of SparkyLinux, which we are discussing, adheres to the rolling release model. Now, less than three months after the previous update, SparkyLinux 2022.10 Semi-Rolling is available. So, let’s take a look at what’s changed.

SparkyLinux 2022.10 Semi-Rolling Highlights

As expected, all available packages in this SparkyLinux release have been updated to the current versions in the Debian and Sparky test repositories as of October 5, 2022.

However, the most noticeable change for all users of this lightweight Linux distribution will be that the previously utilized LightDM login manager has been replaced with SDDM in the ISO images in all GTK-based editions.

SDDM is, of course, still included by default in the SparkyLinux 2022.10 KDE and LXQt editions. Furthermore, it now includes a new theme, ‘sddm-theme2-sparky,’ as the previously used ‘sddm-theme-sparky’ theme is still available to those who are used to it.

Under the hood, SparkyLinux 2022.10 Semi-Rolling is powered by Linux kernel 5.19 as versions 6.0.0, 5.15.72-LTS, and 4.9.330-LTS49 are also available for installation from the Sparky unstable repositories. In addition, it is kept company by systemd 251.4, PulseAudio 16.1, and X.Org Server 1.7.

Moreover, with the latest release, you can also find updated application packages that include the following:
LXQt 1.1.0
KDE Plasma 5.25.5
Xfce 4.16
MATE 1.26
Openbox 3.6.1
Thunderbird 102.3
VLC 3.0.17
LibreOffice 7.4.1
GRUB 2.06
Finally, we’ll mention that the ‘sparky-upgrade‘ command, which does a full system upgrade utilizing Nala, can now be invoked using its shortened version, ‘spu.’

Users can download Sparky Linux 2022.10 Semi-Rolling installation ISO images from the download/rolling page of the project.

Of course, there is no need to reinstall Sparky Semi-Rolling to get the latest if you already have it installed on your computer. Instead, you may easily update via the command line, executing:

sudo sparky-upgrade

#sparkylinux #gnome #kdeplasma #lxqt #matedesktop

Todays Video – SparkyLinux 2022.10-1 released with Kernel 6.0 by default!

PS: Debian on Kernel 6.0? OMG, ferfeksake. 😮 Let’s hope the poor users can survive such development on light speed. As we know most Debian users they’ll be curled up underneath their desks in embryo position as of right now … and shitting their pants. 😉

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