Thursday, June 11, 2020

SparkyLinux 2020.06 shows up amazing performance even running Gnome 3.36.2 ( kernel 5.7.1)

Sparky 2020.06 is based on Debian testing “Bullseye” . This release ships with Linux kernel 5.6.14, you can also switch to Linux kernel version 5.7.1 via standard Debian's commands
$ sudo apt-cache search linux-image
$ sudo apt install linux-image-5.7.1-sparky-amd64
Sparky Linux has received the system upgrade powered by the latest Debian testing reports as of June 5, 2020, so you are supposed to get a lot of improvements with this release. Just keep in mind Sparky 2020.06 belongs the (semi-)rolling line. 
I intentionally did performance appraisal on Penryn's (Q9550) box rather then Haswell's (i4790) one.

Setting up Gnome 3.36 on SparkyLinux 2020.06
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade
$ sudo apt install snapd 
$ reboot

At this point system should automatically enable all of the systemd services on SparkyLinux that Snapd needs to function properly.
$ sudo snap install gnome-3-34-1804
$ sudo apt install gnome
$ reboot 
$ sudo snap refresh
$ reboot



  1. So, where are the performance metrics? I see no data about performance in the article!

  2. Sorry,I just did comparison with KVM Guests performance (booting up/IO ) running under Ubuntu 20.04 (KVM) which dual boots with Sparky 2020.06 on the same box. Ubuntu 20.04 seems to be pretty slow on Penryn's box(8GB RAM)in general.Sparky is pretty much alive and manageable. I will do another Sparky 6 testing on Haswell box (32GB RAM) by the end of June.