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Sparky Bonsai is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian/Sparkylinux in a portable form. Taking advantage of the experience of portable distros such as Slax, Porteus, Puppy and DebianDog, we made a remix of our favor Debian-based distro SparkyLinux. The idea was to make a portable version of the linux distro having already installed at home, in cases we can’t, don’t need or wish to install it properly.

Sparky Bonsai lives in a USB flash 4GB minimum and run with 512 MB of RAM on x86 processors. At the moment it’s only available in 64bit version. It fits on a DVD or CD optical disk and runs in ext2/3/4, fat32, xfs, exFAT file systems. In order to load it to RAM, 1GB is recommended.

It is a minimal Debian Buster file system using Debian linux kernel v. with the BusterDog’s modules for porteus boot, live-boot-3x and aufs support. Kernel updates are not available the way they are on a properly installed linux system. As you may know, BusterDog uses the Antix Linux init system. Sparky Bonsai uses systemd as pure Debian and Sparky Linux. If you don’t wish to use systemd, check the BusterDog (based on Antix) or Beowolf (based on Devuan).

Sparky Bonsai use PCmanFM as file/desktop manager and JWM as windows manager. JWM’s menu construction is based on sparkybonsai menumaker. It comes with Pale Moon as the default web browser, Mousepad as the default text editor and LXterminal as default terminal emulator. All DebianDog’s module and remaster scripts are included as well.

Synaptic package manager is present and you can install all Debian and Sparkylinux packages. The BusterDog’s repository is inactive because of some Antix packets incompatible with Debian. You can use some packets if you’re sure they are compatible but DONT update your system with this repository enabled.

We’ve test it in Debian Stretch version on troubleshooting and repairing other systems, booting diskless machines, checking used PCs for buying, hacking windows-locked office PCs, using machines with no traces and many more. We found it useful, we enjoyed it a lot and we decide to distribute the new Debian Buster based version.

Hope to enjoy this floral pup as we did. If you do, consider sending a donation to our favor Debian distribution, Sparkylinux.

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Released at 2021-04-04 22:49
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Release Notes

This is the second release of Sparkybonsai, a live GNU/Linux distribution based on DebianDog and SparkyLinux Po-Tolo, a Bullseye Debian derivative. The basic iso contains the JWM window manager, PCManFM file and desktop manager, mousepad text editor, Qalculator, Xarchiver, Lxterminal, Lxpolkit, Redshift and DebianDog's tools. The modules iso contains the same system plus some extra pre-installed and configured packages: 1.Firefox with tor configured and some extra add-ons 2.Synaptic package manager with xapian index 3.Fonts pack with ms ttf fonts and Fontmatrix manager 4.Office pack with Libre Office and Qpdfview 5.Vlc media player 6.Stremio media center with many plugins installed All modules can be activated/deactivated on demand to fit your needs and keep your resources light. Just right-click any module included in /ive/optional and activate/deactivate it with the DebianDog;s tool. To let them appear in JWM's menu, you just have to do a Session-Restart and the Sparkybonsai menumaker script will do the rest. All applications, actions and scripts will run on user's mode or root mode if you prefer. Sparkybonsai was tested by greek users and the default configuration (timezone, keyboard layout) is adapted for greeks. Hope to enjoy this floral pup* as we did. If you do, consider sending a donation to our favor Debian distribution, Sparkylinux. *Sparkybonsai is not a Puppy Linux distribution as it isn't created with woof-CE.

Username/password: root 0000 puppy 0000 (four zeroes)

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