SparkyLinux 5: the lightweight off-road distro


SparkyLinux It is a light and fast Polish source distribution based on Debian which is not the first time we talk about here. It is a Rolling Release as it is based on the Debian testing version, and not on the stable branch that delays its releases for months. This time we will talk about the SparkyLinux 5 version, the new version that has managed to captivate some users who consider it the best lightweight distribution for generic use. Nibiru is the code name given to this new version 5.0, but… what does it have?

The truth is that the distribution offers characteristics both for newbies in the Linux world and for those users who already have more advanced knowledge in Linux, without focusing only on one of these niches as it happens with other GNU / Linux distributions. Those who dare to download it will be able to choose between various desktop environments and window managers that it offers us, such as LXDE, E19, Openbox, MATE, LXQt, KDE, JWM, etc., all updated to the latest available versions.

With the Sparky MinimalGUI It will offer us a very simple text-based environment or with Openbox or JWM, all of them extremely light, which allow us to use Sparky Advanced Installer to load the base system with a minimum set of tools. And now I explain what was said in the previous paragraph so as not to lead to misunderstandings, SparkyLinux is not friendly for those new to the Linux world, but it is true that it can offer them a good learning curve, better than in other distros.

Satisfied users is what its creators are looking for, and due to its slight complexity, it will make users acquire more advanced knowledge about computing. By the way, apart from the Sparky Avanced installer intended for advanced users, there are also other installation alternatives, such as the Calamares universal installer. It is a simple graphical installer that will make installation even easier ...

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  1.   Alan said

    Nice article, I actually installed the minimal guide and put pantheon in it. It is quite light and the best of all is rolling release.

  2.   jony127 said

    hi, but if it's based on debian testing, isn't it pure rolling, right? if it is in the freezing phase of debian testing we will not have the latest in desktop environments for example, or does this distro use its own repositories always updated ???

  3.   Michael DellDor said

    Certainly, when testing is frozen, packages from Debian repositories (the vast majority) are frozen. However, this does not usually last long and soon you can continue updating as usual ... I have been using it for a few years, with the fast and practical LxQt and I think I have gone through a couple of Debian versions without incident. For that period, if you are interested in having "the latest" you can activate the Sid repos

  4.   tio said

    which are the requirements?? they suckled :(