Welcome to SparkyLinux forums
Zapraszamy również na polsko-języczne Forum

Recent posts

System upgrading / Moving firmware packages from ...
Last post by AxL - February 07, 2023, 10:45:45 PM
This afternoon, reading some threads on Siduction forum; I came across this interesting thread:

Where a major change to the non-free repository is noted. And that is the creation of a new repository exclusively for the firmware, called 'non-free-firmware'.
 (As explained in the above link)

Quote[....] Users of sid and testing need to apply a change to their Debian sources.list to be able to obtain firmware-updates in the future.

No matter if you have non-free and /or contrib in your sources already, please add:


to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb testing main contrib non-free non-free-firmware

Another thread with the same subject can be found at:

See also:
  • Moving firmware packages from non-free to non-free-firmware

  • Announce packages moving to the non-free-firmware area?

    - Graphical example of the change already made:

    The following packages will be upgraded:
      atmel-firmware bluez-firmware firmware-amd-graphics firmware-atheros firmware-bnx2 firmware-bnx2x
      firmware-brcm80211 firmware-ipw2x00 firmware-ivtv firmware-iwlwifi firmware-libertas firmware-linux
      firmware-linux-nonfree firmware-misc-nonfree firmware-myricom firmware-netxen firmware-qlogic
      firmware-realtek firmware-ti-connectivity
    19 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove.
    Need to get 109 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 17.4 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y

    Cheers !!
Introduction / Re: Greetings from the US Paci...
Last post by shortarcflyer - February 07, 2023, 08:11:49 PM
Welcome to the forum and glad you found your way here!
Desktops / Password dialog for KDE wallet...
Last post by WetGeek - February 07, 2023, 05:26:00 PM
I'm new to Sparky Plasma, but I've opted for KDE Plasma for many years, on every distro I've used.  I've always enabled the "restore previous session" in the system settings, because I typically have about 8 applications running at the time I log off or reboot after an update.  It's a significant inconvenience for them to require manual re-launching for each new session.

Sparky is the first distribution that has required me to create a certificate before enabling the KDE wallet, and since no one else has access to my computers, I've selelected the option that just requires a password instead.

Now, when I log on or reboot, the password dialog flashes on the screen, but is immediately covered up by the session applications that have been restored.  It should have its "keep on top" property set, so that it remains accessible to the user until the password has been provided.

Even better would be for Sparky to include an encryption certificate so that the wallet can be enabled in the settings without any such drama, as other distros do.  The KDE wallet is enabled by default for Sparky Plasma but connecting to a wi-fi source then requires either a cert or a password in order to continue.

The result of this bug is that a wi-fi connection is not restored, which causes numerous problems later.
Newbie questions / Re: WIndow Snapping
Last post by TRon - February 07, 2023, 03:57:45 PM
Quote from: Norby Droid on February 06, 2023, 01:07:42 PMI am not sure what ya mean.
If the twisterUI that you installed is the same UI that twisterOS uses.

In my previous post I did not find an answer to that (bad used search terms), now I have confirmation, see for example here:

It is indeed the same UI that TwisterOS uses.

QuoteAgain I went into the Settings Manager and then the advanced tab and unticked all ticked items and closed the window.  I may be doin somethin wrong because I still get the effect movin a window to the top or sides has the effect of maximizing or placin the window in a rectangle on either side.
Very strange.

If I run sparky xfce from a USB-pendrive (e.g. live mode thus no twisterUI) and take the same actions that you did then the window snapping is actually turned off for me.

Sorry, but I have no idea what could cause things to fail for you to such extend that it does not work the same on your setup.

Hopefully you are able to figure it out because I agree with you that the window snapping is annoying especially when you have your desktop full of windows and want some of those windows to move around (when space is cramped you often find yourself dragging a window to a snap position).
Artwork & screenshots / Re: Show Us Your Desktop
Last post by ogis - February 07, 2023, 02:37:54 PM
When I was young, I could not afford any commercial UNIX workstation running CDE. I used to dream about CDE while typing away on MS Word on Windows 3.11. It's amazing to see how much desktop scene has evolved and CDE has aged quite well!

Here my desktop, running Sparky Linux 6.6 with CDE desktop!

Desktops / Creating an action in CDE
Last post by ogis - February 07, 2023, 02:28:12 PM
Most new CDE users struggle with running their own programs in a CDE environment. Of course, programs can also be run using the terminal (leaving them running in the background), but why not try running them from Personal Applications sub panel?

Lets get starting!

Yes, it is possible to add applications to the front panel. This can be done with the Create Action tool. The Create Action tool can be found in the Application Manager - Desktop Apps.

Double click Creation Action to begin. You can also type dtcreate in a terminal.

There are numerous options in Create Action. For this tutorial we'll keep it simple. We'll just create a icon we can add to the front panel that will launch Thunar. You can substitute "Thunar" for whatever application you want to create.

The first field is "Action Name (Icon Label)". This where you put the text you want to appear under the icon. It doesn't have to be "Thunar", it can be "File Manager" or "The Thing I Use To Surf The Files".

The second field is "Action Icons". These are just the icons for your icons, in various sizes that CDE needs to create a proper icon file for.

Icons can be found in one of three places:


I found a decent one here cde-icons.tar.xz

Just download it, extract it and put in $HOME/.dt/icons folder.

In the next field type the name of the executable. In my case I type "thunar". The help text is option is optional. Do not worry about any other fields. The action is complete. Next save your action, click ok and close "Create Action". Your action will appear in your home directory. Open your home folder and you'll see your action.

You can test to see if your created action works by double clicking on the icon. Your appliction should start up. You can keep this action where ever you want, including on the desktop. Here is how you add it to the front panel.

Keep dtfile open and drag and drop the application from dtfile to the Personal Applications sub panel, in the spot that says "Install Icon". Your icon will appear at the bottom of the panel.

Here my panel

More info here.
Forum settings / How to change text to proporti...
Last post by WetGeek - February 07, 2023, 02:21:02 PM
I'm new to this forum, and I haven't typed using fixed-width text since the late '90s.  I find it very distracting to do it here.  Is there a setting somewhere that I can use to specify proportional text when entering a post, or should I just get used to it?
Introduction / Greetings from the US Pacific ...
Last post by WetGeek - February 07, 2023, 12:44:46 PM
Hi, I'm a retired software engineer from a part of the world where it's said to rain all the time, thus my user name (and my domain name as well).  I've been a happy Solus OS user for more than five years, but about three weeks ago it went dark.  No access to the forum, no access to the repositories, no way to get updates, and no idea what had happened.

Devil, over at the Siduction forum, told me that the Solus devs on Twitter were talking about a terrible accident of some kind that's taking them a long time to repair, but so far, that's all that I know about it.

While I was using Solus, I was the main contributor to a forum topic called "Other Interesting Distros," and wrote a lot of reviews of other interesting distros, based on VMs that I'd created.  Two that had impressed me were Siduction and Sparky, both Debian-based.

So, I've been using Siduction Plasma on my daily-driver laptop for about three weeks and found it a reasonable replacement for Solus when configured the same way, with the same applications installed.  And yesterday I installed Sparky 6.6 Plasma on another of my laptops, to give it a try for at least a while, and possibly much longer, if Solus never recovers.

I've discovered an inconvenient bug in Sparky that's annoying, but there's a workaround for it.  It would be off-topic to complain about it here in my introduction, so after I've figured out this forum a little better, I'll search for a fix, and if I can't find anything, I'll look for an appropriate topic and post it there.

Speaking of getting used to the forum, is there any reason why I'm typing with a fixed-font?  Is there any way to change it to proportional?  Thanks for any help with that!
Desktops / Re: CDE fonts
Last post by ogis - February 06, 2023, 07:33:56 PM
Since Motif 2.3 it has been possible to use the XFT font renderer for Motif widgets, allowing anti-aliasing and greatly improving the visual display of fonts.

Whilst CDE doesn't yet use this, it is definitely an interesting option. This has not been well tested in CDE and is likely to have "issues".

More info here:
Artwork & screenshots / Re: Show Us Your Desktop
Last post by XalisRatt - February 06, 2023, 04:36:02 PM

My [current] GNOME desktop

View the most recent posts on the forum