Sparky Linux 5.0 released based on Debian testing

The Sparky Linux project has announced availability Sparky Linux 5.0, updated live and installation images for project's Debian based GNU/Linux distribution. This release of Sparky Linux code named Nibiru is based on Debian testing branch Buster. It will be following a rolling release model and users can avail latest updates from Debian testing branch.

This release includes Sparky Home, Sparky Minimal GUI and Sparky CLI editions. The Sparky Home edition is a full featured operating system that comes with lightweight desktop environments such as LXQt, MATE and LXDE. While Sparky Minimal GUI comes with Openbox and Sparky CLI lets you to install minimal set of applications using advanced installer. All these images can be downloaded from Sparky rolling release section.

Sparky Linux provides a direct upgrade path from version 4.5 to 5.0 using regular system upgrade commands.
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt dist-upgrade
In original release announcement, Sparky Linux team has listed the major differences between version 4.5 and 5.0.
  • full system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of July 14, 2017
  • Linux kernel 4.11.6 as default (4.12.x is available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
  • new theme “Sparky5”
  • new theme of LXQt edition
  • new default wallpaper created by our community member “barti”
  • new set of wallpapers of the Nature category, with a few nice landscapes from Poland
  • Calamares 3.1.1 as the default system installer
  • new tool for checking and displaying notification on your desktop about available updates
  • added new repos (not active): wine-staging.com
  • email client Icedove replaced by Thunderbird
  • changed http to https protocol of all Sparky services, including repository; updating the ‘sparky-apt’ package fixes it automatically
For more information and download links, see release announcement published by Sparky Linux team.

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