Hard to find a printer for any Linux OS besides Ubuntu ‘n Ubuntu-based ‘n RHEL-based Linuxes. Almost impossible to test a Linux OS ‘n discover it works wid a printer you already have!?!

Sparky Linux spotted my old Pantum P2502W printer pretty easy. Bought two on special some years ‘n years ‘n years ago @ $25 each, back when I used Ubuntu as my main Linux OS, and they had OEM Ubuntu drivers for them. The second one’s 900+ page Toner cartridge is still going strong (new printers usually come wid smaller page yield cartridges). Replacement Toner cartridges are rated @ 1,600 page yield for $55.50 at Amazon. Was planning on throwing it away when that old cartridge runs out, but may keep it now unless I find a printer wid drivers for both Ubuntu & RHEL.

You can basically forget using a printer wid 99.999% of the other Linux OSes, unless you fall into the Linus Torvalds’ category of ‘Technical people‘ – such as Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc. Anyway, anyone looking to purchase a printer (Color or Black) should learn about Toner cartridge page yield, unless you don’t mind replacing expensive cartridges all the time.

Sparky Linux keeps impressing me lately!

See my recent 3-Part series on SparkyLinux 6.3 Cinnamon: installed on converted Chromebook’s eMMC storage – Movin’ on Up for how impressed I was on June 1, 2022. Sparky Linux 6.3 is the Stable edition/s.

I’ve liked testing ‘n reviewing Sparky Linux in the past (e.g. Here), but it never really impressed me enough to use regularly as a secondary OS to my Windows OSes. That pattern has changed now…

Sparky Linux 7 Cinnamon DE

Went wid the (Semi-)Rolling MinimalGUI edition this time: sparkylinux-2022.04-x86_64-minimalgui.iso @ 1.23 GB. SparkyLinux 7:

For a rolling edition, wid a 5.17 Linux kernel, I have found Sparky Linux 7 to be very stable to this point.

I used Ventoy this time for installing the MinimalGUI iso. Fact is, I also used it to install ‘n test the default DE’s sparkylinux-2022.04-x86_64-xfce.iso @ 1.48 GB & the lard-arsed sparkylinux-2022.04-x86_64-mate.iso @ 1.80 GB.

I tested those two default DE’s to see how the Synaptic Package Manager handled adding the Cinnamon desktop to those. Worked great, but I prefer using MinimalGUI iso method, which is faster if you want Cinnamon…unless you already have one of the other DE’s installed.

Installation

Best to prep the target disk wid GParted. I also let the installer reformat the partitions…hey, I’m a Linux Newbie who avoids making any waves wid a Linux OS! 😉 Here’s the prepped & final GParted view:

You don’t need a swap partition in Sparky Linux 7 prep work: however, the 6.3 editions seem to want one.

Sparky Linux 7 doesn’t have the Sparky (Advanced) Installer GUI app like Sparky 6.3 does – see Part 1 of the recent 3-Part series on 6.3. You need to use the terminal to open the Sparky (Advanced) Installer in the 7 edition:

Type in: sudo sparky-installer

The Sparky (Advanced) Installer then opens. See the SparkyLinux Cinnamon – with ‘Fulltime Linux Root User‘ option post for more info.

Also, see Part 2 & Part 3 of the recent 3-Part SparkyLinux 6.3 series for more info…6.3 & 7 are similar.

I do so many Linux OS tests & reviews that I try not having to repeat myself (‘n pics), i.e. by just referring to other posts wid same info ‘n pics I can save time.

Fast installation…reboot when finished.

Post-Installation

I’m a Fulltime Linux Root User on all my own computers – ‘Think Passwordless – so I always login as “root” at the Login Screen window:

All modern thinking OSes don’t force archaic & annoying “Authenticate” popups or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ onto OS users. Sparky Linux offers the option of a standard ‘Password Dependent‘ Linux user or a root user.

Use the GUI System Upgrade Tool to update & upgrade the computer ‘n apps:

Reboot.

Have a Nvidia GPU?

Use this link: Step-by-step – NVIDIA Driver SparkyLinux Installation. Then follow these steps (Note – start command wid sudo if you logged in as a standard user):

  • apt update
  • apt search nvidia-driver
  • apt install nvidia-driver nvidia-settings
  • reboot

That installed the NVIDIA 470.129 Driver Version. I believe 515 is most recent, but I let the OS decide what Driver Version it wants.

Synaptic Package Manager

Next, I reloaded the Synaptic Package Manager. Installed LibreOffice, GParted, Gnome Disk utility and GIMP.

Printer

Printers don’t normally work wid Linux; however, Sparky 7 was doing so great I decided to test the printer since Sparky is Debian-based ‘n the printer has an Ubuntu driver.

Switched my USB 2.0 4 Port Share Sharing Switch Switcher Selector Box Hub For PC Computer Manual Scanner Printer to the Linux test computer – ‘Antec Jr.‘:

Next, I turned on my Pantum P2502W printer, and Sparky Linux 7 started looking for its driver. The Pantum’s Ubuntu driver came wid a pantum-1.1.5-amd64.deb file which I had Sparky’s GDebi Package Installer open & install. That allowed me to setup the old Pantum P2502W printer…see above two pics on the printer.

Conclusion

Ditto on – Sparky Linux keeps impressing me lately!

Will add Sparky Linux 7 as a co-holder of that 1b spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page.

However, I am not a ‘Linux Kernel Worshiper‘ and found that the SparkyLinux 6.3‘s 5.10 kernel worked fine for me in the ‘Desktop Duty‘ category. Heck, AlmaLinux uses a 4.18 kernel on their Desktop Enterprise OS and it recognizes all my hardware…tho I haven’t tried it on the 32 GB eMMC drive of the converted Chromebook (it wouldn’t fit anyway).

Here’s the DE pic:

Excellent job by the Sparky Developers & Team!!!

Need more info on Sparky? Check out the other posts Here

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!