Linux Distributions

SparkyLinux – Linux distribution based on Debian

SparkyLinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian.

The distro is available in several versions for different use cases. It supports approximately 20 desktop environments and window managers giving you freedom of choice.

Features include:

  • Stable or (semi-)rolling release.
  • Lightweight, fast & simple.
  • Your favorite desktops to choose.
  • Special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue.
  • CLI Edition (no X) for building customized desktop.
  • Most wireless and mobile network cards are supported.
  • Set of selected applications, multimedia codecs and plugins.
  • Own repository with a large set of additional applications.
  • Easy hard drive / USB installation.


Working state:Active
Desktop:KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Xfce
Init Software:systemd
Package Management:DEB
Release Model:Fixed, Semi-Rolling
Platforms:IA-32, x86-64, ARM
Developer:SparkyLinux Team
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

What's a Linux distribution ("distro")?

A distro provides the user with a desktop environment, preloaded applications, and ways to update and maintain the system.

Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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Torin Doyle
Torin Doyle
26 days ago

A fine distro. Alas, it’s largely overlooked. Kudos to the SparkyLinux Team.