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MystiQ

Saturday 15th of February 2020 01:53:47 PM

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: MystiQ

What is MystiQ?

MystiQ is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. MystiQ features an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you convert media files within a few clicks. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters in detail.

Installation (Debian “Bullseye / Sparky “Po Tolo” amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mystiq

or via APTus-> VideoTools.

The project page at GitHub: github.com/llamaret/MystiQ
The project founder is Maikel Llamaret Heredia.
License: GNU General Public License 3

 
There is also a new video player called Celluloid added to APTus-> VideoPlayers, but it comes from Debian tesitng repos.

 

Sparky 2020.02.1

Friday 14th of February 2020 04:47:23 PM

Sparky 2020.02.1 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

This is a minor update, which temporary fixes a problem of installing Sparky via Calamares with kpmcore 4.

Changes between Sparky 2020.02 and 2020.02.1:
• system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of February 13, 2020
• kpmcore downgraded to version 3.3.0
• Calamares installer rebuild using libkpmcore7 3.3.0

No system reinstallation is required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Sparky 2020.02

Monday 10th of February 2020 04:30:04 PM

Sparky 2020.02 “Po Tolo” of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
* system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of February 9, 2020
* Calamares installer 3.2.18
* Linux kernel 5.4.13 as default (5.5.2 & 5.6-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
* Firefox 72.0.2
* Thunderbird 68.4.2
* LibreOffice 6.4.0
* VLC 3.0.8
* Exaile 4.0.2, etc.
* added the new Sparky public key

System reinstallation is not required, install the new Sparky public key as follows:

wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

and make full system upgrade:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Known issues:
* Calamares installer failed if you install Sparky in full auto mode with full disk encryption and a swap partiton; it works fine without a swap partition;

Android Messages Desktop

Friday 7th of February 2020 01:30:29 PM

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Android Messages Desktop

What is Android Messages Desktop?

Android Messages as a Cross-platform Desktop App

Features:
– System notifications when a text comes in
– Notification badges on macOS
– Spellchecking in ~50 languages
– Run in background on Windows / Linux / macOS
– Minimize to tray on Windows / Linux
– Menu bar support on macOS
– TBD…

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install android-messages-desktop

or via APTus-> IM.

The project page at GitHub: github.com/chrisknepper/android-messages-desktop
The project founder is Chris Knepper.

 

Sparky 5.10.1

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 07:22:16 PM

There is a minor update of live/install media of Sparky 5.10.1 “Nibiru” of the stable line.

Changes between 5.10 and 5.10.1:
– the base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of February 04, 2020
– added new Sparky repository public key to avoid problems during fresh installation and upgrading Sparky after the first boot

Existing Sparky users: system reinstallation is not required, install the new Sparky public key as follows:
wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
and do not remove the old one.

Then make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavors:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New iso/img images of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Migration to a new VPS

Tuesday 4th of February 2020 11:22:30 AM

Migration to a new, bigger server is almost done, all the services work from the new one already.

Important!

A new Sparky repository public key has been generated so manually intervention is required!
Users of all Sparky versions/editions have to install the new public key as follows:

wget -O - https://repo.sparkylinux.org/sparky.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Then update the package list to check does it work:

sudo apt update

 

January 2020 donation report

Saturday 1st of February 2020 01:14:37 PM

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects!
Your donations help keeping them alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in February too, please

Sparky news 2020/01

Friday 31st of January 2020 01:20:56 PM

The 1st monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• added to repos: ElectronPlayer, Stremio
• added a new script to Sparky APTus Upgrade which lets you upgrade your OS in text mode via one command: sparky-upgrade
• added Sparky configuration of Draco desktop to Sparky APTus-> Desktop mode; thanks to lami07
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.5.0
• new live/install media of Sparky 5.10 of the stable line released
• the old repo address: sparkylinux.org/repo/ is no available any more; use repo.sparkylinux.org instead
• Sparky Wiki has been moved to a subdomain: wiki.sparkylinux.org
• Nemomen translate Sparky Wiki pages to Hungarian, thanks a lot
• migration to a new vps is on the way, stay tuned.

Linux kernel 5.5

Monday 27th of January 2020 03:12:55 PM

The first release of the Linux kernel of the new 5.5 line landed in Sparky “unstable” repository.

Build status:
– amd64 – build and installed OK -> uploaded
– 686-pae – build and installed OK -> uploaded

The Sparky’s Linux kernel is available in Sparky “unstable” repository, so enable it to upgrade (if you have older version already installed) or to make fresh installation:
https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/repository

Follow the Wiki page: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/linux_kernel to install the latest Sparky’s Linux kernel.

Then reboot your machine to take effects.

To quick remove older version of a Linux kernel, simply run APTus-> System-> Uninstall Old Kernel tool.

 

Stremio

Saturday 18th of January 2020 03:45:46 PM

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Stremio

What is Stremio?

Stremio is a one-stop hub for video content aggregation. Discover, organize and watch video from all kind of sources on any device that you own.
Movies, TV shows, series, live television or web channels like YouTube and Twitch.tv – you can find all this on Stremio.

Features
– Easily discover new movies, TV shows, series and channels to watch. Browse by category, genre, rating, recency, etc.
– All of your video content on one screen
– Organize your video library
– Keep track of everything you watch
– Enjoy your video content on a bigger screen
– Watch video from many different sources

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install stremio
or via APTus-> VideoPlayer.

The project page at GitHub: github.com/Stremio/stremio-shell
It is a free and open source application, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3.

 

Sparky 5.10

Sunday 12th of January 2020 12:45:18 PM

A quarterly update of live/install media of Sparky 5.10 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian 10 “Buster”.

Changes:
– the base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of January 10, 2020
– Linux kernel 4.19.67-2+deb10u1 LTS (PC)
– Linux kernel 4.19.75-v7+ (ARMHF)
– Chromium web browser changed to Firefox-ESR (ARMHF)
– small bug fixes and small improvements

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.9 installed make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavors:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New iso/img images of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

ElectronPlayer

Friday 3rd of January 2020 08:31:45 PM

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: ElectronPlayer

What is ElectronPlayer?

An Electron Based Web Video Services Player. Supporting Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, Floatplane, Hulu And More. It is the successor to Netflix-Desktop.

Features
– Multiple Streaming Services Support (JSON Configuration to add extra)
– Adblock
– Always On Top Window
– Set Startup Page (Any Service or Remember Last Opended Page)
– Frameless Window
– Rough Mac Picture in Picture Support (Floating Window, Above All Desktop and Fullscreen Applications)
– Full Screen Window on Startup

Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install electronplayer

The ElectronPlayer been tested on Debian “Bullseye”/Sparky “Po Tolo” only, but should work on the stable line too.

The project page at GitHub: github.com/oscartbeaumont/ElectronPlayer
Author: Oscar Beaumont
It is a free and open source application, released under the MIT License.

 

December 2019 donation report

Thursday 2nd of January 2020 12:35:22 PM

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects! Your donations help keeping them alive.

In a few days a migration to a new, bigger vps will be done, our services can be temporary unavailable, including Sparky repos, which have to be restored after. Anyway, I will let you know about a progress via social media.

As mentioned a month ago, and starting from the January 2020 we will be trying (asking all of you) to collect PLN 1000/€ 250/$ 270 (at least) every month, to cover most our important needs, please.

Anyway, thank’s a lot for your last donations and don’t forget to send a small tip in January too

Sparky news 2019/12

Tuesday 31st of December 2019 02:25:52 PM

The 12th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Al joined our community and started improving Sparky (English) Wiki pages, thank’s a lot!
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.4.7 & 5.5-rc4
• new iso images of Sparky 2019.12 released
• a community driven portable edition of Sparky Bonsai by jidan released
• restarted developing the APTus AppCenter, help needed with JavaScripts

Happy new 2020 year Sparkers!

 

Sparky Bonsai – a portable edition of SparkyLinux

Thursday 5th of December 2019 08:15:01 PM

Sparky Bonsai is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian/Sparkylinux in a portable form. Taking advantage of the experience of portable distros such as Slax, Porteus, Puppy and DebianDog, we made a remix of our favor Debian-based distro SparkyLinux. The idea was to make a portable version of the linux distro having already installed at home, in cases we can’t, don’t need or wish to install it properly…

…Sparky Bonsai lives in a USB flash 4GB minimum and run with 512 MB of RAM on x86 processors. At the moment it’s only available in 64bit version. It fits on a DVD or CD optical disk and runs in ext2/3/4, fat32, xfs, exFAT file systems. In order to load it to RAM, 1GB is recommended.

It is a minimal Debian Buster file system using Debian linux kernel v. 4.19.0.6 with the BusterDog’s modules for porteus boot, live-boot-3x and aufs support. Kernel updates are not available the way they are on a properly installed linux system. As you may know, BusterDog uses the Antix Linux init system. Sparky Bonsai uses systemd as pure Debian and Sparky Linux. If you don’t wish to use systemd, check the BusterDog (based on Antix) or Beowolf (based on Devuan).

Sparky Bonsai use PCmanFM as file/desktop manager and JWM as windows manager. JWM’s menu construction is based on xdgmenumaker. It comes with Pale Moon as the default web browser, Mousepad as the default text editor and LXterminal as default terminal emulator. All DebianDog’s module and remaster scripts are included as well.

Synaptic package manager is present and you can install all Debian and Sparkylinux packages. The BusterDog’s repository is inactive because of some Antix packets incompatible with Debian. You can use some packets if you’re sure they are compatible but DONT update your system with this repository enabled…

This is our community member project by jidan.

More info at Sparky forums:
https://forum.sparkylinux.org/index.php/topic,5143.msg13535.html

Download 64bit iso image:
https://sparkylinux.org/download/community/

 

November 2019 donation report

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 08:04:58 PM

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects! Your donations help keeping them alive.

The last October and November all donations brought what we need to pay monthly bills and to cover our VPS as well, thank’s lot! The server bill is already paid so the new one will be ordered soon, and I will tell you know when, via social media, to make sure some problems are possible.

Anyway, counting all our bills and basic needs, we will be trying (asking all of you) to collect PLN 1000/€ 250/$ 270 every month, starting from the January 2020. It is really difficult to survive doing our works for free, selling nothing, as you know that, having the present amount of donations and a few Euros from the adds only. Sad but true.

Anyway, thank’s again for your last donations and don’t forget to send a small tip in December too

Sparky 2019.12

Monday 2nd of December 2019 07:14:14 PM

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.12 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of December 1, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.17
• Linux kernel 5.3.9 as default (5.4.1 & 5.3.14 in Sparky unstable repos)

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Known issues:
• encryption mode only – it works if you don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

Sparky news 2019/11

Saturday 30th of November 2019 05:28:28 PM

The 11th monthly report of the 2019 of the Sparky project:

• waterfox package changed its name to waterfox-classic-kpe
• Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released
• Sparky 2019.11.1 MinimalGUI released to fix: GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma fresh installation; and removing some packages from live
• added new locales to Sparky tools: Greek provided by jidan; and updated Italian and Japanese locales as well; thank’s a lot for translations
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.4.1 & 5.3.14
• CDE desktop updated up to 2.3.1 (stable & testing lines)
• added to repos: Videomass

 

Videomass

Sunday 24th of November 2019 01:16:26 PM

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Videomass

What is Videomass?

Videomass provides a graphical interface for audio and video conversions through FFmpeg.

Features
– Drag n’ Drop with multiple files at once.
– Batch processing for all included features
– Presets manager interface with fully customizable and expandable profiles.
– Dedicated interfaces: presets manager, video and audio conversions
– Displaying streams information.
– Playback for imported files and last exported file.
– Real-time video filters preview on the video conversions interface.
– Peak level-based audio normalization.
– RMS-based audio normalization.
– EBU R128 audio normalization.
– Setting duration portions for imported files, filters, export and tests.
– Log management.
– Multi language (English and Italian Languages support for now).
– Work on many platforms where Python3 and wxPython4 are supported,
including Linux, Unix, MacOs and Windows.
– Compatible with Python 3 only
– …And more

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install videomass
or via Sparky APTus-> VideoTools tab.

The Videomass tool is available for Debian “Bullseye”/Sparky “Po Tolo” only.

The project page at GitHub: github.com/jeanslack/Videomass/
Author: Gianluca (jeanslack) Pernigotto
It is a free and open source application, released under the GNU General Public License v3.0

 

Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

Monday 11th of November 2019 12:19:53 PM

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 10, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.10 & 5.4-rc7 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Rescue edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu-rescue
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Known issues (encryption mode only):
• I performed a few tests with different partition combinations with the Calamares installer on an encrypted device – it works if I don’t use swap partition (automated partitioning on virtual machine tested only)

 

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    Reduced to its essence, free and open source software is defining a set of freedoms, encoded into software licences. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) maintains an open source definition and a list of compatible licences, with the double goal of guaranteeing those essential freedoms and rights… and facilitating adoption by limiting licence proliferation.

  • Open source energy modelling tool shows how to decarbonise Australia

    The future of Australia’s energy mix has spawned innumerable heated arguments over how to balance secure electricity supply with economic and environmental needs, prompting energy consultants ITP to launch an open source modelling tool to settle arguments and provide clarity. Inspired by similar open source models in Europe and North America, ITP launched the openCEM model as a free, transparent tool to cut through the complexity of Australia’s energy mix and how it can securely transition away from carbon. “ITP felt, as many have felt, that public discussions around renewables were fraught with many assumptions and made with few facts and little expertise,” ITP strategy group manager Oliver Woldring said. [..] Once openCEM is being used widely by policy makers and investors across Australia, ITP and ThoughtWorks aims to engage other markets across APAC and further afield, about creating tools to model uptakes of renewables into the grids of other countries.

  • Self-driving car dataset missing labels for pedestrians, cyclists

    A popular self-driving car dataset for training machine-learning systems – one that’s used by thousands of students to build an open-source self-driving car – contains critical errors and omissions, including missing labels for hundreds of images of bicyclists and pedestrians. Machine learning models are only as good as the data on which they’re trained. But when researchers at Roboflow, a firm that writes boilerplate computer vision code, hand-checked the 15,000 images in Udacity Dataset 2, they found problems with 4,986 – that’s 33% – of those images.

  • New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables

    A Massachusetts-based partnership aims to create a common workplace for healthcare providers and researchers using mHealth sensors in wearables and other devices. The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR), launched last September by Nextbridge Health, Shimmer Research and Dr. Vincent van Hees, announced that it is now “actively soliciting” open-source software and datasets from wearable sensors and other connected health technologies. The group wants to create a platform from which researchers and care providers can share digital health source codes and algorithms.

  • Monash Uni, Red Cross & Red Crescent team up on open-source video program

    Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology (IT), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have announced that they have developed an innovative approach to empower communities around the world through development of a special video program. According to a joint statement from Monash, the Red Cross and Red Crescent some of the world’s most isolated and remote communities will now have the ability to share their stories and raise public awareness of the local issues they’re facing “through a unique open-source video program developed by Monash”.

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