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Sparky Advanced Installer

The Advanced Installer was forked from the Remastersys Installer a few years ago, to provide a lightweight system installer.

The Advanced Installer is preinstalled as default, alongside to the default Calamares installer, to provide:

1. A backup installer to the main one;

2. A lightweight installer to older machines, which can't run main installer;

3. Additional functionality which let you install one of many desktops of your choice (MinimalISO only);

It works in two modes of your choice:

1. Graphical mode, the Yad based - runs from system's menu→ System→ Sparky (Advanced) Installer

or via the command line:

 sudo sparky-installer gui


 sudo sparkylinux-installer gui

2. Text mode, the Dialog based, runs via the command:

 sudo sparky-installer


 sudo sparkylinux-installer

Make sure that the Advanced Installer needs a little more your attention than the main installer.

1.The first Advanced Installer window needs confirmation of your decision - do you like to install Sparky or not.

The first GUI window

(text mode):

The first Dialog window

2. The Installer installs the live system with en_US locales as default. To change it, choose *Yes*.

Choose your locale

3. Now, you have to choose a disk (hard or flash) to install the system too.

Choose a disk

Choose a disk

4. After choosing a disk, you can divide/split existing partitions. make sure you need at least:

- one root partition for system files (10-20 GB about)

- one swap partition (500MB - 1GB about)


- one efi partition (100-300MB about) (UEFI machines only)


- one home partition for your private files (optional)

Important !

If you would like to set a home directory (the next step) on separated, shared partition, DO NOT use the same user nick name as already exist in the other Linux distribution you will be sharing the home directory with. If you deleted other Linux distribution before and there still exist your old home directory - DO NOT use the same nick name as you had before.

The new nick name has to be different the before so the home directory will get different name, so it will avoid problems after the first hard drive booting.

If you are not sure about the partitioning process, read Disk partitioning guide.

5. After disk partitioning to be finished, choose your partition for *efi.image* to be installed to (EFI machines only). If the partition already exist on your machine (other operating system/systems already installed), don't format it, just use it.

Choose EFI partition

6. Choose the swap partition.

Choose SWAP partition

7. Choose the root partition.

Choose root partition

Than choose other partitions if any (home, boot, proc, media, etc.)

8. Choose a file system to be used to the root partition (ext4 preferred).

File system of root partition

9. Choose your home partition if you have a one. If not, the home folder will be installed inside the root partition.

Choose home partition

10. Type information about your account and the machine:

  • root (admin) password (twice)
  • your full name
  • your nick name - use small letters and numbers only (no special characters, no white spaces)
  • your password - you can use small, block letters, numbers and special characters (no white spaces) (twice)
  • host name - a name of your machine - use small letters and numbers only (no special characters, no white spaces)

Personal settings

11. Choose a place to install GRUB bootloader to:

  • Master Boot Record (MBR) - it's a main record displayed as '/dev/sda' or '/dev/sdb', if you have more than one hard disk - recommended to install GRUB to
  • root partition - it's a partition where you will install Sparky file system to
  • rootmbr - if you installing Sparky onto an USB disk
  • no grub - do not install GRUB at all - for advanced users

GRUB installation

12. Set your time zone.

Time zone

Time zone

13. Just verify your settings and let the installer copy the system files to your drive.


Coping files

14. Running the Advanced installer on Sparky MinimalGUI or MinimalCLI iso image, you can choose a desktop environment/window manager to be installed. If you choose a new desktop installation, the installer will check and install the latest versions of Sparky's desktop related packages - active internet connection required!

Desktop's option

Choose a desktop

15. You can also choose a web browser to be installed too.

Choose a web browser

16. The installation needs your accepting - type: y

New desktop installation

17 After finishing all the operations, turn off your machine, remove the live media and run your computer using just installed SparkyLinux.

Installation finished

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advanced_installer.1513190732.txt.gz · Last modified: 2017/12/13 19:45 by pavroo