SparkyLinux 4.4 Tyche released in 5 different flavors

The SparkyLinux team has announced release of SparkyLinux 4.4 Tyche, latest stable release of Debian testing based GNU/Linux distribution that features customized, lightweight desktop environments to provide best user experience.

SparkyLinux 4.4 Home edition - the fully featured operating system of project -  offers 5 different desktop environments to choose from. These desktop environments are LXDE, LXQt, Xfce, KDE and MATE. In addition to these flavors, SparkyLinux also facilitate installation of other desktop environments and windows managers like awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME Flashback, GNOME Shell, i3, IceWM, JWM, KDE Plasma 5, Lumina, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Pantheon, PekWM, Trinity, Window Maker, Xfce.

Following are some major highlights of SparkyLinux 4.4 comparing to 4.3 release.
  • full system upgrade as of August 15, 2016
  • Linux kernel 4.6.4 (4.7.1-sparky is available in Sparky repos, see howto)
  • firefox 45.3.0.ESR (firefox 48 is available in Sparky repos)
  • calamares is available (but not default yet) in our repos
  • new default theme called ‘Numix-SX’
  • added new desktops to MinimalISO and APTus: Lumina, Trinity and PekWM
  • ‘tint2’ panel replaced by ‘fbpanel’ in the MinimalGUI iso images
  • added ‘rootactions-servicemenu’ to the Dolphin file manager in the KDE edition
  • added short key which runs a terminal emulator in the MinimalGUI edition (Super+t)
  • added an option which lets you install a PDF viewer, to the ‘sparky-office’ tool
  • Midori web browser replaced by NetSurf in the MinimalGUI edition
  • the ‘sparky-firstrun’ which lets you fully upgrade the system and install missing language packages has been fixed
  • the ‘sparkylinux-installer’ – a part of ‘sparky-backup-core’ tool refreshes package list itself and installs the latest desktop settings in the MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI editions
  • added Vivaldi and NetSurf web browsers to Sparky repos
  • improved Wiki pages
For more information, see release announcement published in project's website.

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