The Sparky Linux team has announced the latest release of Sparky Linux, version 7.2 Orion Belt, marking another milestone in the ongoing development of this versatile and user-friendly operating system. As a quarterly updated point release within the stable line, Sparky 7.2 continues to build on the strengths of its predecessor, Sparky 7 Orion Belt, and is fully compatible with Debian 12 Bookworm.

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What’s new in Sparky Linux 7.2?

Kernel Power

  • PC users will benefit from the upgraded Linux kernel PC version 6.1.55, with additional options available in the Sparky repositories, including versions 6.6.4-sparky and 5.15.141-LTS-sparky.
  • ARM users will experience enhanced performance with Linux kernel ARM version 6.1.58.

Software Refresh

  • Stay current with updated packages from both Debian and Sparky stable repositories, all up to date as of December 5, 2023.
  • Enjoy the latest LibreOffice 7.4.7, ensuring productivity and compatibility with popular document formats.
  • The Calamares installer has been updated to version 3.2.61 for a smooth and efficient installation experience.

Desktop Environments

  • Choose your preferred desktop environment with options including KDE Plasma 5.27.5, LXQt 1.2.0, MATE 1.26, Xfce 4.18, and Openbox 3.6.1, catering to diverse user preferences.

Browsing and Multimedia

  • Experience the web with Firefox 115.5.0esr (120.0.1-sparky in sparky repos) for a secure and feature-rich browsing experience.
  • Communicate seamlessly with Thunderbird 115.5.0 for your email needs.
  • Enjoy multimedia content with VLC 3.0.20 and the music player Exaile 4.1.3.

ARMHF & ARM64 Images

  • Sparky Linux 7.2 ensures inclusivity with ready-to-use ARMHF and ARM64 images, extending compatibility to a broader range of hardware.

Whether you are a seasoned Linux user or exploring open-source options for the first time, Sparky Linux 7.2 Orion Belt provides a stable and feature-rich environment. For further reading, see the official Sparky Linux 7.2 release announcement in the projects website.

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