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DistroWatch.com: SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 32 (325), 6 months: 29 (322), 3 months: 32 (292), 4 weeks: 22 (399), 1 week: 51 (239)

Average visitor rating: 8.26/10 from 31 review(s).


SparkyLinux Summary
Distribution SparkyLinux
Home Page https://sparkylinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://sparkylinux.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
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, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-09-27: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.1
 • 2017-07-17: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.0
 • 2017-06-22: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.6
 • 2016-12-03: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.5
 • 2016-08-20: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.4
 • 2016-04-29: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.3
 • 2016-03-31: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.3 Dev 3
 • 2015-12-21: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.2
 • 2015-10-02: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.1
 • 2015-09-03: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.1 RC "Rescue"
 • 2015-06-26: Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.0
 • 2015-04-03: Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.0 RC
 • More SparkyLinux releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-11-29 SparkyLinux unveils several changes
 • More SparkyLinux headlines...

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Feature 5.0 4.6.1 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2017-07-15 2017-07-08 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 947-3700             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop LXQt, Xfce LXDE, Xfce KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Enlightenment, LXDE, Razor-qt LXDE LXDE LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture 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 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 en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 5.0 4.6.1 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Full Package List
Package 5.0 4.6.1 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 (1.1.4.1) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (62.0.3202.62) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (62.0.3202.62)
cups (2.2.5) 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.6.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 cups (2.2.5)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.2 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (56.0.1) 52.2.0 52.2.0 45.5.1 31.0 17.0.8 10.0.12 10.0.11 firefox (56.0.1)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.9 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 6.3.0 6.3.0 6.2.1 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.2 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.2 -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.24 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.17 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.1)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- 1.12.6 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.24) 3.22.16 3.22.11 3.22.4 2.24.24 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 gtk+ (3.22.24)
httpd (2.4.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.28)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.2) -- -- 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.2)
kmod (24) 24 23 23 18 9 9 9 kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.2) 5.2.7 5.2.7 5.2.4 4.3.0 4.1.1 3.5.4 -- libreoffice (5.4.2)
linux (4.13.8) 4.11.6 4.9.30 4.8.7 3.14.15 3.10.11 3.2.39 3.2.23 linux (4.13.8)
Package 5.0 4.6.1 4.5.2 3.5 3.1 2.1 2.0.1 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.9)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.3) 13.0.6 13.0.6 13.0.2 10.2.5 9.1.6 8.0.5 8.0.5 mesa (17.2.3)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.90) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.90)
openbox (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 (8u151) 8u131 8u131 8u111 7u65 7u21 7u3 7u3 openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.0p1 6.0p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.2d 1.0.1i 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.1c openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.0 5.18.1 5.14.2 5.14.2 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.10)
plasma-desktop (5.11.1) -- -- 5.8.2 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.1)
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.3)
postgresql (10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.0)
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.9.2) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 qt (5.9.2)
samba (4.7.0) 4.6.5 4.5.8 4.4.7 4.1.11 3.6.18 3.6.6 3.6.6 samba (4.7.0)
systemd (235) 233 232 232 208 -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.4.0) 52.2.1 45.8.0 45.2.0 24.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.12 -- thunderbird (52.4.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.1.5 2.0.8 2.0.5 2.0.4 vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.19.3 1.19.2 1.19.0 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.4 1.12.4 xorg-server (1.19.5)

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for SparkyLinux

Average rating
8.3
from 31 review(s)



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Version: 5.0
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-10-17
Votes: 0


Too much admin entries, like opening a disk. Missing to many useful programs and has too much useless junk programs.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 5.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-13
Votes: 1


First installed on my Gateway NetBook about a month ago. Nice clean and fast operation! Firefox and Thunderbird are a bit "bloaty" for a lightweight system -- I use Slimjet and Sylpheed as alternatives and both work well. Just did my second install this week on an Acer CloudBook. Very quick and responsive on that machine as well. Compared to the Windoze OS that was supplied with both, SparkyLinux actually renders both of them highly productive.

I think this is an underrated and under-recognized distro. Makes a lot of the bigger names look kind of anemic by comparison. This from a long time Ubuntu user, with occasional sojurns into other distros to look for
something better. I believe I have found it.

Also love the rolling release as it eliminates the decision of whether to do a major upgrade or fall
behind -- it all just works without worry.

Well done!


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Version: 5.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-07
Votes: 0


Excellent distro. It's a debian rolling release with ease of use out of the box by using a minimum amount of resources.


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