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Hello there,

I would like to know what other distros have you tried and why did you chose to stay with sparkylinux ? is there something unique to sparky linux that can't be found elsewhere ? or is it an overall good, generalist distro that just works ? your reviews will be much appreciated.

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I have tried some of the Ubuntu distros, OpenSuse, Fedora, antiX, Debian, Parrot, Kali, and Manjaro. Manjaro was the only one of those others that I liked, but it was not quite what I was looking for.

SparkyLinux just seems to be what I want in an operating system. Lots of applications to choose from and lightweight. SparkyLinux puts a friendly face on Debian. I use the semi-rolling version with xfce desktop.

I've been on Manjaro and Arch-based systems since 2012.  I have a strong desire for the "latest and greatest" that a rolling release offers, and it's nice that Arch has the AUR for software that doesn't show up in the official repositories.  Pacman and Pamac are powerful package management tools that I've become accustomed to, so I spend a lot of time on the command line with these systems.

I've tried all the *buntus and have been amazed at how consistently they break for me, so I pretty much (aside from the occasional Virtualbox installation) gave them up when I moved to Manjaro.

I employed MX/AntiX as backup systems for a couple years, but recently wiped and replaced them with Sparky testing, which scratches my rolling-itch.  I also installed 32-bit Sparky (Openbox) on an old Averatec laptop with 750 MB RAM (works amazingly well, much better than AntiX), which I use as a glorified radio/podcast player hooked to the living room stereo.  Calamares has a 1GB RAM minimum for installation, but the Sparky Advanced Installer worked fine.  The one thing that MX/AntiX has going for them is their persistence-capable Live USB, which I carry on a 64 GB USB when traveling.

What I love about Sparky:  1) Its testing-based ISO's, plus the ability to install pretty much any DE/WM that I can imagine through the Advanced Installer; 2) APTus, which offers an easy-to-scan list of software not available in the Debian repositories; 3) the Debian backend; and 4) the fact that it's been around for so long, which gives a sense of security, since it probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon.  Sparky has become my Debian distro of choice, and I recommend it to anyone else who prefers the Debian ecosystem.

All of my computers are from 2010 have 2 core processors and 4.0 GB memory with integrated motherboard graphics and mechanical hard drives.

I like the user interface LXQT / XFCE and small footprint and low resource usage the distros run well and do everything the mainstream flagship distros do without loading down the hardware.

All of the additional software I use is available from the distros repository which means it's tested and bug free from my experience.

SparkyLinux installs and updates and works without problems OOTB on my curb finds.

The Sparky Minimal GUI Edition is fun to use and a learning experience.

My 2 cents. :)


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