SparkyLinux 2022.03 arrives with various updates and a new panel

Recently the release of the new version of the distribution «SparkyLinux 2022.03» was announced, in which the different components of the system have been updated, as well as the integration of a new adapted panel.

For those who do not know about SparkyLinux, they should know that is a Linux distro that is based on a "stable" and "test" branch of Debian and uses a 'continuous release cycle' based solely on testing. It includes a collection of tools and scripts to help users with easy system administration.

SparkyLinux es a fully customizable, fast and lightweight operating system, the default desktop environment is LXDE but users can download and install other versions of Sparky with desktops such as Budgie (in development), Enlightenment, JWM, Openbox, KDE, LXQt, MATE or Xfce There is also a CLI edition (based in text) for advanced users.

The operating system comes in different varieties that are specifically designed to meet the needs of different types of users of the product, as developers, entrepreneurs and students.

SparkyLinux offers a special "GameOver" game edition for gamers. It includes a large set of free and open source games and some necessary tools.

Another special edition of SparkyLinux Rescue provides a live system and a host of applications to recover broken operating systems.

The Sparky editions of: KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce and GameOver are offered with a set of applications for daily use, a great set of additional Wifi drivers and codecs and multimedia plugins.

Main news of SparkyLinux 2022.03

The new released version of Sparky Linux 2022.3 arrives based on Debian Testing (“Bookworm”) and many of the programs and packages have been updated and of which we can find that the kernel of Linux 5.16.11, a maintenance release of version 5.16 in which among the most notable changes are the futex_waitv system call to improve the performance of Windows games in Wine, tracking errors in the file system through fanotify, the ability to reserve memory for network sockets, improved handling of overloads with a large volume of write operations, support for multi-drive hard drives, among other things.

It is mentioned in the ad that all builds of this new version include the following:

  • all packages updated as of March 6, 2022
  • Linux 5.16.11 (5.16.12 and 5.17-rc7 in sparky unstable repositories)
  • Squid 3.2.53
  • Firefox 96.0.3 
  • available in the Sparky repositories)
  • Thunderbird 91.6.1
  • LibreOffice 7.3.1 RC1

Besides that added a panel, similar to a dock with a custom setting that provides a favorite app launcher on the left side of your desktop (via the 'sparky-launcher' package)

It is also mentioned that Sparky changed a way to sign their repositories, the latest update to the 'sparky-apt' and 'sparky-apt-unstable' packages fixes this.

Finally for those interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the official announcement in which all the news is listed. You can do it from this link.

Download

For those who are interested in being able to obtain the system image, just go to the official website of the distribution and in its download section you will find the download link.

The update only affects the "semi-rolling" version of Sparky Linux, not the stable version that is also available.

It is worth mentioning that pFor those who want to test or use the distribution under a virtual machine, there is a problem, as when launching Sparky on a live system in a virtual machine, they may not have a network connection. The reason is incorrectly configured DNS and even the network manager applet says it works.

To fix this, there is a little script which removes the resolv.conf set by 'systemd-resolved' and automatically reloads the resolv.conf with the proper DNS via NetworkManager; the script called 'sparky-firstrun-fix' works only on the live system and is removed by the live installer during the post-install phase


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