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SparkyLinux 4 "Tyche" LXDE
Developer SparkyLinux team[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 5 May 2012; 6 years ago (2012-05-05)[2]
Latest release (Rolling release) / Installation DVD SparkyLinux 5.3 "Nibiru"[3]
SparkyLinux 4.8[4] / 13 May 2018; 3 months ago (2018-05-13)
Latest preview 4.8 RC[5] / 12 April 2018; 4 months ago (2018-04-12)
Available in multilingual
Update method APT (front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg (front-ends available)
Platforms IA-32, x86-64, ARM
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Enlightenment, JWM, Openbox, KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce
License Mainly GPL and other free software licenses, minor additions of proprietary
Official website

SparkyLinux is a desktop-oriented operating system based on the Debian operating system. The project offers ready to use operating system with a set of various customized lightweight desktops to choose.


The project was born on October, 2011 as an Ubuntu remix with Enlightenment as the default desktop having the name ue17r (Ubuntu Enlightenment17 Remix). After a few months of testing, the base system has been changed to Debian and it was renamed to SparkyLinux.


SparkyLinux is based on "stable" and "testing" branch of Debian and uses 'rolling-release-cycle' (testing based only). It includes a collection of tools and scripts to help users with easy administration of the system[6].

The default desktop environment is LXDE but users can download and install other Sparky versions with desktops such as Budgie (under development), Enlightenment, JWM, Openbox, KDE, LXQt, MATE or Xfce. There is a CLI (text based) edition for advanced users as well.

SparkyLinux offers a special gaming edition "GameOver" targeted to gamers. It features a large set of free and open source games and some needed tools.

Another special edition of SparkyLinux Rescue provides a live system and a large number of applications for recovering broken operating systems.

Sparky editions of: KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce and GameOver are offered with a set of applications for daily use, large set of additional Wifi drivers and multimedia codecs and plug-ins.

As of Sparky 4.3 features the "MinimalGUI" and "MinimalCLI" editions (renamed "Base Openbox" and "CLI") which provides the Sparky Advanced Installer which lets the users install one of 20 about different desktops of their choice.

As Sparky iso image features a few proprietary packages, the 'Sparky APTus' provides a small tool called 'Non-Free Remover' which can easy uninstall all 'contrib' and 'non-free' packages from the system.


SparkyLinux is released 3-4 times per year to provide the latest versions of all applications.

Colour Meaning
Red Release no longer supported
Green Release still supported
Blue Future release
Release Name Date Release notes
1.0 Venus 2012-05-05 SparkyLinux 1 Final[2]
2.0 Eris 2012-10-12 SparkyLinux 2.0 Eris[7]
3.0 Annagerman 2013-07-27 SparkyLinux 3.0[8]
4.0 Tyche 2015-06-26 SparkyLinux 4.0[9]
4.1 Tyche 2015-10-02 SparkyLinux 4.1[10]
4.2 Tyche 2015-12-21 SparkyLinux 4.2[11]
4.3 Tyche 2016-04-29 SparkyLinux 4.3[12]
4.4 Tyche 2016-08-20 SparkyLinux 4.4[13]
4.5.2 Tyche 2016-12-18 SparkyLinux 4.5.2[14]
4.7 Tyche 2017-11-18 SparkyLinux 4.5.2[15]
4.8 Tyche 2018-05-13 SparkyLinux 4.5.2[16]
5.0 Nibiru 2017-07-16 SparkyLinux 5.0[17]
5.1 Nibiru 2017-09-27 SparkyLinux 5.1[18]
5.2 Nibiru 2017-12-20 SparkyLinux 5.2[19]
5.3 Nibiru 2018-03-10 SparkyLinux 5.3[20]
5.4 Nibiru 2018-06-11 SparkyLinux 5.3[21]

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