w stable release, SparkyLinux 7.0, which is based on Debian 12. The new release features several key package upgrades. "Sparky 7.0 'Orion Belt' has been released. It is based on and fully compatible with Debian 12 'Bookworm'. Highlights: based on Debian stable 12 'Bookworm'; all packages updated from Debian 'Bookworm' and Sparky 'Orion Belt' repos as of June 15, 2023; Linux kernel 6.1.27 LTS as default (6.3.8 and 5.15.117 LTS in Sparky unstable repos); Firefox 102.12.0ESR (114.0.1 in Sparky repos); Thunderbird 102.12.0; VLC 3.0.18; LibreOffice 7.4.5; Calamares 3.2.61; KDE Plasma 5.27; LXQt 1.2.0; MATE 1.26; Xfce 4.18; Openbox 3.6.1; Sparky APTus AppCenter 20230530; ntp replaced by systemd-timesyncd; amd64 ISO images have been improved - they can be boot on machines with UEFI motherboards with Secure Boot on.