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It runs on Linux

Meet SparkyLinux, a Debian-based Linux distribution

There’s a new kid in town; SparkyLinux. According to the developers SparkyLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution created on the “testing” branch of Debian.



SparkyLinux features customized lightweight desktops (like E19, LXDE and Openbox), multimedia plugins, selected sets of apps and own custom tools to ease different tasks.

SparkyLinux is targeted to all the computer’s users who want replace existing, proprietary driven OS to open-sourced. It is also targeted to 2 different groups of users:

  • Full Editions – with all the tools, codecs, plugins and drivers preinstalled – to the users who want to have everything ready and works from the first system’s run.
  • Base Editions – with minimal set of tools – to advanced users who like to set up everything as they want

Main features of Sparky

  • Debian testing based
  • Rolling release
  • Lightweight, fast & simple
  • Set of desktops to choose: LXDE, Enlightenment, JWM, KDE, LXQt, Openbox, MATE, Xfce
  • Ultra light base edition with Openbox or JWM desktops
  • Special gaming edition: GameOver
  • CLI Edition (no X) for building customized desktop
  • Most wireless and mobile network cards supported
  • Set of selected applications, multimedia codecs and plugins
  • Own repository with a large set of additional applications
  • Easy hard drive / USB installation

According to the SparkyLinux developers, it is not targeted to Linux beginners, rather to users with some amount of Linux knowledge.

You can download SparkyLinux here.