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Offline ychaouche

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What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« on: November 10, 2019, 08:18:10 pm »
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.

Offline paxmark1

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Re: What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 03:06:44 am »
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Offline ryan

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Re: What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 01:53:34 pm »
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.

Offline adreampuppet

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Re: What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2020, 04:04:43 pm »
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.

Offline 151tom

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Re: What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2020, 09:39:09 pm »
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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Offline nemomen

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Re: What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 12:58:09 pm »
Dear Ychaouche,
sorry for my late respond, I have read you message only now.
When the Microsoft Corporation has announced the end of life their XP OS, I had turned to Linux.
During this period of time, I having tried different distros like Ubuntu, Solus, Antergos, Makulu, Elementary, Peppermint, Debian, Manjaro, Mint, Q4S, Tristel, among others. Still I used SparkyLinux Xfce 5.11 Nibiru OS 64-bit for years. (Previously I started with the 32-bit one and the LXDE Editions).
Why SparkyLinux?
Easiest to learn and as simple as possible to use. I have the possibility to use both the repositories of Sparky and Debian at the same time. The supply of them is conform to my requirements and rich itself. But you would have to know, I have no presence on social media, no streaming and gaming and as general rule the ABC disabled. So I have no experiences with these popular applications and working with them.
Stable and it seems to me, their future looks well also.
I could furnish you with such a small amount of information, which not positive, but my opinion is, that they are all depend on my special requirements: when booting from the live ISO, the background is black and the rows, where anyone could choose the language are too dark in a black background for my eyes. But I know it, and would be careful when booting live ISOs, and installation does not taken place too much times. The appearance has many possibilities to set theme, panel, icons, style and similar others, but my eyes do not prefer the white background for everyday use. While I having used LXDE Desktop I had no problems in everyday usage with desktop and I have a strange feeling the situation would be the same with LXQt and Mate as well, but still I use Xfce Desktop. In spite of the fact, there are many dark varieties, unfortunately I have not found such a style and theme so far, which would be really preferred by my eyes. It works properly, only uncomfortable for me. But it depends on the Xfce and not on SparkyLinux and a question of my leisure time, which always not enough. Once you have set your settings, no problem any more. Do you want more difficulties than these ones, then try other distros, but I suggest you to choose rather an other desktop.
I suggest you to keep your system updated, you would have many possibilities to do that in SparkyLinux like the tools: System Upgrade, APTus, by Terminal at least. But it is distro independent advice. Comparing to MS OS, especially to W10, each Linux distro is user friendly, but keeping update your system is would be the easier with SparkyLinux and setting your own favourite applications, desktop, appearance and others is the same.
You can find answers to your questions on the Forum, if any, but on the forums of Debian-used other distros as well. Perhaps you could find such a forum of Debian-based distros, which supply solutions in your native language, so you can solve your problems anyway. I remind you I had written earlier I tried previously the Debian itself, but I had my way back to SparkyLinux not eventually. However this is an additional advantage, I think.
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Offline 21grams

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Re: What do you love the most about sparkylinux ?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2020, 12:31:08 am »
Changed from Mint (LMDE) to Sparky mate iso in 2016, waded through several distros from manjaro to MX, pclos to antiX. Each time a quick image load to bring me back to this functioning distro from those challenges. Sure each have their merits and there are always solutions to issues which SparkLinux adjusts to, time and time again.
I commend the devs here keeping in tune with changes to user needs and wants from across the linux world. Always good to see practical changes - webmin, aptus, backup and now picom are examples in the sparky repo that give comfort to my needs.
Thanks you devs.
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