Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, SparkyLinux 3.4 Annagerman (regular edition) has been released at the end of June, while SparkyLinux 3.4 GameOver (edition optimized for gaming) has been released a few days ago. Both the two versions of SparkyLinux 3.4 are lightweight operating systems based on Debian Testing (Debian Jessie 8.0), use systemd as the default init server manager and run on Kernel 3.14 and have support for both EFI and UEFI.
SparkyLinux 3.4 Annagerman is available in three flavours: MATE, using MATE 1.8, XFCE, using XFCE 4.10 and OpenBox, using OpenBox 3.5.2-6, comes with TeamViewer 9, Iceweasel 30, hardinfo, steam client and the steam-launcher, seamonkey 2.26.1, nightingale 1.12.1 installed by default. Also it got both the sparky-live-usb-creator and mintstick, two tools for creating bootable live USB disks.
SparkyLinux 3.4 GameOver is based on SparkyLinux 3.4 Annagerman, but adds some gaming optimizations, and contains gaming applications in the default repositories:
- gaming platforms: Steam and Desura
- wine and playonlinux for Windows games compatibility
- old system emulators: DeSmuME (emulator for Nintendo DS games), DOSBox (DOS system emulator), MAME (arcade games emulator + GUI front-end GNOME Video Arcade), NEStopia (Nintendo Entertainment System emulator), PCSX-Reloaded (Sony PlayStation emulator), Stella (Atari 2600 emulator), Visual Boy Advance (Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Color emulator), Yabause (Sega Saturn emulator), ZSNES (emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
- and a huge list of available games.
System requirements for SparkyLinux 3.4 “GameOver”:
- i386/amd64 CPU
- 256 MB, 1 GB (recommended) RAM memory
- 20 GB, 30 GB (recommended) of available space
If you are using previous SparkyLinux versions, you can get to SparkyLinux 3.4 by performing a normal system upgrade:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Or, you can download the desired flavor of SparkyLinux 3.4 from the project’s site, create a LiveCD/DVD/USB and install it. Worth mentioning, when booting the live system, username: live, password: live, while the root user has no password.
For those who don’t know, the Debian developers have decided to make systemd the default init service manager, starting with Debian Jessie. This means that all the Debian forks will adopt systemd, due to the fact that they are all using Debian as code base. Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth has already announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will be using systemd as default and the Ubuntu developers will help the Debian team to port systemd for their system.