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Remastering / Re: Sparky Bonsai - a portable edition of SparkyLinux
« Last post by jidan on Today at 04:20:42 pm »
The new Sparky kernel 5.11.15-amd64 for Sparkybonsai 64bit is available to download at:

Note: This one is suitable for the portable Sparkybonsai only. Sparky Linux users can always install the latest sparky kernel via APTus tools and the sparky repository.
Remastering / SparkyLinux 6 Feather edition x86-64
« Last post by jidan on Today at 01:23:08 am »

Sparky Linux 6 Feather edition is a community distro of Sparky with a lightweight JWM/PCmanFM desktop,same as the portable Sparkybonsai. Sparky Linux Feather is an installable/upgradable copy of Sparky Linux, minimal still full functional.

The purpose of this lightweight edition is to make useful older hardware machines or save resources for the new ones.

Download x86-64 version (only) at:

Pre-installed software:
  • Redshift screen color temperature adjuster
  • Mousepad text editor
  • Firefox-esr web browser
  • Mute e-mail client
  • Blueman bluetooth support
  • Xarchiver archiving tool
  • Galculator
  • Ristretto image viewer
  • Xpdf pdf viewer
  • Xscreensaver
  • LXterminal
  • Synaptic package manager with xapian index
  • Mplayer media player
  • Sparky APTus

After installation edit/modify the file ~/.startup to enable bluetooth, touchpad options, keyboard layout etc.
Edit also ~/.config/redshift.conf to modify lat/lon to your dimensions (find out the precise ones on google map or something).

Localization via Menu-System-Setup locales or:

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Any CPU x86-64
Full installed volume 4.5 GB

Known bugs:
After a successful installation, Advanced Installer may fail to configure properly the Slim login manager.

Solution: Login with your username/password and edit/modify /etc/slim.conf or give the command:

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sudo sed -i 's/live/<username>/g' /etc/slim.conf(replace <username> with your user name)

To enable auto-login:

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sudo sed -i 's/#auto_login/auto_login/g' /etc/slim.conf
If you enjoy this edition, consider sending a donation to our favor Debian distribution, Sparkylinux.
Newbie questions / Default Keyring
« Last post by Old Pete on April 18, 2021, 01:11:23 pm »
I have recently installed the stable version of Sparkylinux and found that I needed Google Chrome as well as Firefox ESR web browsers. I installed Google Chrome using Aptus / web /Google Chrome /install and found that chrome had become the main web browser although I had on first start up unchecked the "make default " tick box . I now get a request to unlock the "default keyring "when launching Google Chrome after a system restart . Is there a fix for this ? Any help would be much appreciated.

thanks ,
Old Pete

After installation and first upgrade/update, I seem to have an issue with a newly downloaded kernel.
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Symbol grub_register_command_lockdown not found
Usually I would have expected to be able to reverse to earlier kernels (if they exist) but nothing is listed in the advanced options, so nothing to go back to (and I did not do any autoremove or purge!).

Boot has its own 1GB partition where the kernel should go.

Any idea how to get the thing started?
Installation / Re: Setting up a Network Connection on 1st run
« Last post by pavroo on April 16, 2021, 05:55:07 pm »
Sparky LXQt is shipped with network-manager as default.
Sparky LXQt 4 & 5 features network-manager-gnome, Sparky LXQt 6 has nm-tray.
Means no connman preinstalled.

What is your Wifi device?
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Installation / Re: Setting up a Network Connection on 1st run [SOLVED]
« Last post by GBano on April 16, 2021, 04:56:38 pm »
systemctl status connman.service
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systemctl status connman.service

...returns: Could not be found.
However, I adjusted the symbols in the bottom right corner last time and on re-start (!) it had nm in it, so could select and connect to a network.
Strange, but thx for the hints!
Remastering / Re: Sparky Bonsai - a portable edition of SparkyLinux
« Last post by jidan on April 16, 2021, 04:18:51 pm »
The latest Sparkybonsai version 2.1 is available to download in x86-64 and x86 pae/non-pae at:

See First post of this thread.
System upgrading / Re: [SOLVED] lagging video
« Last post by Ganio on April 16, 2021, 01:21:57 pm »
Now works fine!

System upgrading / [SOLVED] lagging video
« Last post by Ganio on April 15, 2021, 05:33:00 pm »
The video is lagging and it didn't

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System:    Host: s-pc Kernel: 4.19.0-16-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: LXQt 0.14.1 Distro: SparkyLinux 5.14 (Nibiru)
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: FUJITSU SIEMENS product: ESPRIMO E v: N/A serial: <root required>
           Mobo: FUJITSU SIEMENS model: D2264-A2 v: S26361-D2264-A2 serial: <root required> BIOS: FUJITSU SIEMENS // Phoenix
           v: 5.00 R1.07.2264.A2 date: 04/21/2006
CPU:       Dual Core: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ type: MCP speed: 1000 MHz min/max: 1000/2000 MHz
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GF119 [GeForce GT 610] driver: nvidia v: 390.141
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa
           resolution: 1280x1024~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GT 610/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 390.141
Remastering / Re: Sparky Bonsai - a portable edition of SparkyLinux
« Last post by jidan on April 14, 2021, 06:36:13 pm »
1. You're absolutely right. The keyboard-layout updated by Debian yesterday. Anyway, you don't need to use it at all. The upcoming release cames with "locales" pre-installed. There is a new icon in Menu-System to start "dpkg-reconfigure locales" and choose your language to generate and configure as default. The menu and apps will adapt to your preferred language (if translated) by menumaker after reboot. For the keyboard layout just edit the startup script ~/Startup/services as below:
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setxkbmap -model pc105 -layout us,es -option_grp:alt_shift_toggleto toggle layouts with Alt+Shift (or any combination you choose).
Edit: If youre using it as a desktop, you need to modify also the /home/puppy/.config/redshift.conf local dimensions (find out the absolute ones in google map or something). Edit the following (i.e. for Madrid):
If you dont use it as a desktop just comment the startup command in /home/puppy/.startup file:
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#redshift-gtk &All startup commands for the JWM desktop are in .startup file, the user space ones desktop-indipentent are in ~/Startup/services (for the upcoming release).
2. You need to generate it first with locales.
4. Use ARandR. Choose your resolution by right-clicking your screen(s)-resolution-options, apply with check button or Ctrl+Enter and save it (layout-save as) in /home/puppy/Startup (or /root/Startup to login as root) to make it permanent.

The option  to load squashfs files to ram is Porteus cheatcode "copy2ram". Edit your boot code (grub or syslinux lst or cfg file) and put "copy2ram" into your boot options.
i.e. for syslinux:
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label Sparkybonsai Po-Tolo to RAM changes in folder
kernel /live/vmlinuz1
append initrd=/live/initrd1.xz noauto from=/ copy2ram changes=/live

for grub:
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title Sparkybonsai Po-Tolo to RAM changes to /live savefolder
 root (hd0,0)
 kernel /live/vmlinuz1 from=/ noauto copy2ram changes=/live
 initrd /live/initrd1.xz

More about Porteus' cheatcodes:
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