The March 2020 snapshot of Sparky Linux is now obtainable for obtain, offering customers with a collection of welcome modifications and enhancements for the pre-loaded apps.

First and foremost, Sparky 2020.03 “Po Tolo” is predicated on Debian Bullseye, and it upgrades the system from the Debian testing repos used on March 7 this yr.

The most notable enhancements on this replace is the replace to Linux kernel 5.4.19 as default, however the unstable repos are actually utilizing kernel model 5.5.eight and 5.6-rc4.

There are additionally a number of worthy app updates, beginning with the Calamares installer, which is now at model 3.2.20, and ending with the preferred apps that we use on Sparky Linux. For instance, Firefox has been up to date to model 73.0.1, Thunderbird is now model 685.0, whereas LibreOffice is now pre-loaded by default.

The growing workforce has additionally made modifications to a lot of packages bundled with Sparky 2020.03. For instance, the qCamera webcam software has been changed by Cheese, whereas the Vokoscreen package deal was modified to Vokoscreen-NG. There are two eliminated packages on this launch, specifically radiotray and imagemagic.

How to put in it

Sparky 2020.03 comes with GCC 10 preinstalled, however the default model continues to be GCC 9.

Installing the most recent model is sort of piece of cake, as you may merely use the Sparky Upgrade GUI software that comes built-in to obtain the brand new packages and deploy them on their gadgets. Additionally, it’s also possible to set up the brand new launch utilizing the next command:


If you sometimes depend on apt for this sort of stuff, you need to use the next two instructions to do the entire thing simply and set up Sparky 2020.03 on the system:

sudo apt replace
sudo apt full-upgrade