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"SparkyLinux 3.1 'Annagerman' LXDE, Ultra and CLI are out. New ISO images of SparkyLinux 3.1 providing a few changes and system improvements, such as: Linux kernel 3.10.11; all packages have been updated from Debian's 'testing' repositories as of 2013-09-27; added a TeamViewer client for remotely controlling other machines; added Sparky APTus - a small, simple and lightweight front-end for apt-get for upgrading and cleaning up the system, installing and removing packages; added Minitube - a lightweight video player for YouTube videos; added Gnote - a lightweight notes taking utility; added Osmo - a lightweight personal organizer; added Radio Tray - a very small application for listening to Internet radio...."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
Support in Polish
Debian with no added user-friendliness
Sparky Linux is basically a respin, using the Debian Testing repository. It offers installation disks for LXDE, JWM, Enlightenment, Mate, Razor-Qt, and the CLI. I tried the 32-bit LXDE and Mate versions.
Plenty of software was provided, including Icedove, Iceweasel, Pidgin, LibreOffice, Gimp, Audacity, Avidemux, DeVeDe, Exaile, Gnome-mplayer, VLC, Wine, the flash plugin, and media codecs. What I tested worked, although a few left warnings when run from CLI. Both desktops worked correctly.
The problems mostly arose from Debian’s ‘housekeeping tools’, or lack of them. Running an update broke apt-get, which took ages to repair. My usb speakers could only be enabled by blacklisting the kernel module for the motherboard sound chip. The input configuration tool (not installed) was also broken. At least I got a tool to switch the firewall on: but why was it off?
LXDE is better from Zorin: for the ordinary user, Debian needs taming. So, the only good point about Sparky is its Polish-language forum.