The Sparky Linux team has announced the release of Sparky Linux 2019.08 with code name Po Tolo. This is the first snapshot of Sparky rolling line based on Debian Bullseye. Debian Bullseye is the current testing branch of Debian.

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What is new in Sparky 2019.08?

In addition to updated packages from Debian Bullseye branch, it includes the following noteworthy changes.

  • Systemd is updated from Debian “Bullseye” as of 1st August 2019.
  • GCC 9 is included (Still GCC 8 remains as default C compiler)
  • Introduces new Sparky6 theme
  • Fresh Tela icon set
  • Refined desktop look and feel
  • Replaced lightdm with sddm for LXQt Edition
  • Linux Kernel 4.19.37 is included (5.1.21 EOL, 5.2.5 & 5.3-rc2 are available in projects’ repos.

There is no 32-bit flavor

As decided earlier, Sparky Linux 32 bit flavor would not be available for rolling releases. It will support amd64/x86_64 machines only. However, if you are running a 32-bit flavor of Sparky Linux, you can continue to avail updated packages, and it will be fully supported.

LXQt and Xfce Editions

Sparky Linux 2019.08 is available with Xfce and LXQt desktop environments. It also provides Minimal GUI and MinimalCLI alternatives. The installation images can be downloaded from Sparky Linux official download page.

The following section showcases some screenshots captured in Sparky Linux 2019.08 LXQt Edition.

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