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Brackets

Monday 21st of September 2020 11:39:17 AM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Brackets

What is Brackets?

Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

What makes Brackets different from other web code editors?

* Tools shouldn’t get in your way. Instead of cluttering up your coding environment with lots of panels and icons, the Quick Edit UI in Brackets puts context-specific code and tools inline.
* Brackets is in sync with your browser. With Live Preview, Brackets works directly with your browser to push code edits instantly and jump back and forth between your real source code and the browser view.
* Do it yourself. Because Brackets is open source, and built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, you can help build the best code editor for the web.

Installation (64bit only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install brackets

or via APTus-> Office-> Brackets icon.

Copyright (c) 2012 – present Adobe Systems Incorporated
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/adobe/brackets

 

Ciano

Monday 14th of September 2020 07:24:27 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Ciano

What is Ciano?

A multimedia file converter focused on simplicity. Convert videos, music and pictures with the best possible experience.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install ciano

or via APTus-> VideoTools-> Ciano icon.

Author: Robert San
License: GNU General Public License 3.0
GitHub: github.com/robertsanseries/ciano

 

Browsh

Sunday 6th of September 2020 02:51:07 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Browsh

What is Browsh?

Browsh is a fully interactive, real-time, and modern text-based browser rendered to TTYs and browsers… …Browsh is different in that it’s backed by a real browser, namely headless Firefox, to create a purely text-based version of web pages and web apps. These can be easily rendered in a terminal or indeed, ironically, in another browser. Do note that currently the browser client doesn’t have feature parity with the terminal client.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install browsh

or via APTus-> Web browsers-> Browsh icon.

Launch the browser in a terminal/terminal emulator via the command:

browsh

or via menu-> Network-> Browsh Browser.

Author: Thomas Buckley-Houston
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1
GitHub: github.com/browsh-org/browsh

 

Sparky 2020.09

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 10:20:08 AM

The September snapshot of Sparky 2020.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

This release provides package updates and fixed an issue of the Sparky Advanced Installer, which generated broken fstab. There is no problem if you have installed Sparky 2020.08 using Calamares (called Sparky Installer).

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 31, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.17 (5.8.5 & 5.9-rc3 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 80
• LibreOffice 7.0.1-rc1
• fixed the Advanced Installer issue; thanks to lami07

System re-installation is not required, simply keep Sparky up to date.

The Special Edition iso images have been already updated too.

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

 

August 2020 donation report

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 07:30:54 PM

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

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

Sparky news 2020/08

Sunday 30th of August 2020 04:00:21 PM

The 8th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2020.08 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 2020.08 Special Editions released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.8.5 & 5.9-rc2
• added to repos: Warpinator, Gmail Desktop, Joplin, Gis Weather

There is an issue in the Advanced Installed which generates broken fstab in the latest rolling iso images, so all of them have to be updated. No problem if you installed Sparky using Calamares.

 

Sparky 2020.08 Special Editions

Wednesday 26th of August 2020 01:55:41 PM

Special editions of Sparky 2020.08 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 24, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.10 (5.8.3 & 5.9-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
• added Memory Test and Hardware Detection to the live config
• installed qt5ct + added qt5ct config to Openbox & Xfce desktops
• GCC 9 removed; the default compiler is GCC 10 now
• Xfce 4.14
• Firefox 79.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.1~rc1
• VLC 3.0.11
• Calamares 3.2.24
• removed packages from GameOver iso: balder2d, crrcsim, flare, frozen-bubble
• added new packages to GameOver iso: gamemode
• small improvements

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Gis Weather

Sunday 23rd of August 2020 12:42:48 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gis Weather

What is Gis Weather?

Gis Weather is an open-source desktop weather widget and indicator applet with highly customizable user interface. Gis Weather is written in Python 3 with GTK+ 3.

Features:
– View weather for several days
– Detailed weather forecast for today and tomorrow
– Fast switching between cities
– Select the background and theme weather icons
– “Compass” with the wind direction, with adjustable angle of rotation
– Highlighting the high wind
– Support weather services: Gismeteo.com, OpenWeatherMap.org, Yr.no
– Support SVG and widget scale
– Indicator to panel
– Presets

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gis-weather

Author: Alexander Koltsov
License: ? (open-source)
GitHub: github.com/RingOV/gis-weather

 

Sparky 2020.08

Monday 17th of August 2020 09:04:06 AM

The August snapshot of Sparky 2020.08 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of August 14, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.7.10 (5.8.1 & 5.9-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
• added Memory Test and Hardware Detection to the live config
• installed qt5ct + added qt5ct config to non Qt based desktops: Openbox, MATE & Xfce
• GCC 9 removed; the default compiler is GCC 10 now
• LXQt 0.14.1
• MATE 1.24.1
• Xfce 4.14
• Firefox 79.0
• Thunderbird 68.11.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.0-rc2 (7.0.1~rc1 in Debian testing repos now)
• VLC 3.0.11
• Calamares 3.2.24
• small improvements

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

 

Joplin

Sunday 9th of August 2020 11:21:03 AM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Joplin

What is Joplin?

Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.
Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported.
The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.
The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). A Web Clipper, to save web pages and screenshots from your browser, is also available for Firefox and Chrome.

Installation (amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install joplin

or via APTus-> Office-> Joplin icon.

Author: Laurent Cozic
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/laurent22/joplin

 

Gmail Desktop

Friday 7th of August 2020 07:26:57 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gmail Desktop

What is Gmail Desktop?

It is an unofficial Gmail Desktop Application.

Installation (amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gmail-desktop

or via APTus-> Email-> Gmail Desktop icon.

Author: Tim Cheung
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/timche/gmail-desktop

 

July 2020 donation report

Sunday 2nd of August 2020 09:06:29 PM

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

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

Sparky news 2020/07

Saturday 1st of August 2020 12:19:05 PM

The 7th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.7.11 & 5.8-rc7
• added new desktop: NsCDE
• added to repo: Shutter-Encoder, Lite Editor, Sparky APTus AppCenter
Sparky 5.12 Nibiru of the stable line released
• riot-desktop package changed its name to element-desktop

 

Sparky APTus AppCenter

Saturday 25th of July 2020 01:08:11 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Sparky APTus AppCenter 20200725-beta1.

What is APTus AppCenter?
It is improved APTus, still Yad based, but with HTML technology, and still as small, fast and lightweight as possible.

Don’t expect it can be comparable to other existing AppCenters, it is not. It is still set of bash scripts wrapped up in Yad, but can be easy modified and enlarged as required.

The matter of fact is, the development of the application I started with MoroS back in December 2018, and due to problems with Yad’s html dependencies, after a month or so I put it down.
The second attempt was between December 2019 and January 2020; a newer version of Yad let me build it with the html option, but lack of time didn’t let me finish it again.
The 3rd try started on the beginning of June 2020, and this time I was making small steps, one by one to finish it; so the first beta of APTus AppCenter is out.

Changes between APTus and APTus AppCenter:
• APTus uses Yad, APTus AppCenter uses Yad with HTML technology
• more app’s categories
• many more applications to be installed via one click
• full description of every application displayed before installing, removing or re-installing a package
• integrated other APTus related packages (sparky-aptus-extra, sparky-aptus-gamer, sparky-codecs, sparky-desktop, sparky-office, sparky-webbrowser-installer, etc. ) into the one
• added option of searching packages

Installation (Debian Bullseye/Sparky 6 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-aptus-appcenter

It can be installed alongside to Sparky APTus, both work independently.

Any suggestions, new app categories, new apps to be added, and bugs can be reported at our forums, via GitHub or email, please.

Translations are located in 3 files:
1. traditional file for bash scripts as all Sparky tools use
2. additional 2 xx.js files to be used by html pages

Thanks go to:
• MoroS for the app’s base/frame
• lami07 for the new icon
• all the APTus translators (there are new files to translate anyway)

Plans for the future?
It could be reconfigured and moved to Electron or something else, but not sure will it be still lightweight and fast. Anyway, this part is still open, if you would like to help with that.

Lite Editor

Tuesday 21st of July 2020 06:37:40 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Lite Editor

What is Lite Editor?

Lite is a lightweight text editor written mostly in Lua — it aims to provide something practical, pretty, small and fast, implemented as simply as possible; easy to modify and extend, or to use without doing either.

Additional functionality can be added through plugins which are available from the plugins repository; additional color themes can be found in the colors repository. The editor can be customized by making changes to the user module.

Installation (Sparky 6 i386/amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install lite-editor

or via APTus-> Office-> Lite Editor icon.

Author: “rxi”
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/rxi/lite

 

Shutter Encoder

Monday 13th of July 2020 05:46:46 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Shutter Encoder

What is Shutter Encoder?

Shutter Encoder is a free encoding software for converting images, videos, and audio files, allowing you to choose from a large number of functions.
Encode your files, replace audio, burn to DVD, analyze audio Loudness, download web videos, make your own timelapse etc…

Functions:
– Without conversion : Cut without re-encoding, Replace audio, Rewrap, Conform, Merge, Subtitling, Video inserts
– Sound conversions : WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, AC3, OPUS, OGG
– Editing codecs : DNxHD, DNxHR, Apple ProRes, QT Animation, Uncompressed YUV
– Output codecs : H.264, DV PAL, XDCAM HD422, AVC-Intra 100, XAVC, HAP, H.265, VP9, AV1, OGV, MJPEG, Xvid, WMV, MPEG
– Archiving codec : FFV1
– Images creation : JPEG, Image
– Burn & Rip : DVD, Blu-ray, DVD RIP
– Analysis : Loudness & True Peak, Audio normalization, Cut detection, Black detection, Media offline detection

Installation (amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install shutter-encoder

or via APTus-> VideoTools-> Shutter Encoder icon.

Copyright: Paul Pacifico
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/paulpacifico/shutter-encoder

 

Sparky 5.12

Tuesday 7th of July 2020 10:22:15 AM

A quarterly update point release of Sparky 5.12 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.11 and 5.12:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of July 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.118
• Firefox 68.10.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.9.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus)
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active Internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– 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.

NsCDE

Friday 3rd of July 2020 03:36:41 PM

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: NsCDE

What is NsCDE?

Not so Common Desktop Environment (NsCDE) is a retro but powerful (kind of) UNIX desktop environment which resembles CDE look (and partially feel) but with a more powerful and flexible framework beneath-the-surface, more suited for 21st century unix-like and Linux systems and user requirements than original CDE.
NsCDE can be considered as a heavyweight FVWM theme on steroids, but combined with a couple other free software components and custom FVWM applications and a lot of configuration, NsCDE can be considered a lightweight hybrid desktop environment.

Installation

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nscde-desktop

or via APTus-> Desktop tab -> NsCDE icon

It can be installed on all Sparky editions, means: Sparky 4/5/6 amd64/i386/armhf.

It is a release candidate 21, build and works ok on amd64, but the workspace switcher doesn’t load on i386 and ARMHF so far.

Copyright: “Hegel3DReloaded”
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/NsCDE/NsCDE

 

June 2020 donation report

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 08:12:35 PM

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

Unfortunately, we were not able to collect all the amount we needed for this month, but we thank all of you very much for your support.

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

Sparky news 2020/06

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 12:06:23 PM

The 6th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.7.6 & 5.8-rc3
• added to repos: Popcorn-Time, eDEX-UI, Visual Studio Code, VSCodium, Bitcoin-Qt, Litecoin-Qt
• Sparky 2020.06 of the rolling line released
• a point release of the stable line is on the way, stay tuned

 

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