A fully free, simple, and lightweight operating system

You've reached the website of the Parabola GNU/Linux-libre operating system. The Parabola project is a community driven effort to provide a fully Free (as in freedom) operating system that is simple and lightweight.

Derived from Arch (the GNU/Linux distribution), Parabola provides packages from it that meet the Free System Distribution Guidelines (FSDG) and replacements for the packages that don't meet this requirement. Packages are provided for the i686, x86_64, and armv7h architectures.

Our community is friendly and helpful. Please hop on IRC channel and check out our mailing lists to get your feet wet. Also glance through our wiki if you want to learn more about Parabola.

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Server loss


The rather long outage (2018-08-27 through 2018-09-18; 22 days) of the proton.parabola.nu server has been resolved, with all services being migrated to winston.parabola.nu. Please notify us if you encounter any lingering issues.

We'd like to specifically thank Jonathan "n1md4" Gower for graciously hosting us at Positive Internet all these years--since before most of us were even Parabola users, let alone contributors.

However, that sponsorship has come to an end. We are alright for now; the server that 1984 Hosting is sponsoring us with is capable of covering our immediate needs. We are looking for a replacement server and are favoring a proprietor that is a "friend of freedom," if anyone in the community has a suggestion.

Boot problems with Linux-libre 4.18 on older CPUs


Due to a known bug in upstream Linux 4.18, users with older multi-core x86 CPUs (Core 2 Duo and earlier?) may not correctly boot up with linux-libre 4.18 when using the default clocksource.

If you are affected, and the CPU is new enough to support HPET, you may work around this by adding clocksource=hpet to the kernel command line. GRUB users can accomplish this by inserting GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT+=" clocksource=hpet" in to /etc/default/grub and re-running grub-mkconfig.

If your CPU is too old to support HPET, you may work around this by using the linux-libre-lts (4.14 ...

unar being replaced by unarchiver


The unar package has been dropped in favor of Arch's unarchiver. This was discussed in the mailing list some months ago.

If you are using unar, just install unarchiver. You'll be asked if you want to replace it, just accept and continue as any normal package installation.

netctl 1.18-1 and systemd 239.0-2.parabola7 may require manual intervention


The new versions of netctl and systemd-resolvconf may not be installed together. Users who have both netctl and systemd-resolvconf installed will need to manually switch to from systemd-resolvconf to openresolv before upgrading.

If you get an error

:: unable to satisfy dependency 'resolvconf' required by netctl


pacman -S openresolv

prior to upgrading.

[From Arch] libutf8proc>=2.1.1-3 update requires manual intervention


The libutf8proc package prior to version 2.1.1-3 had an incorrect soname link. This has been fixed in 2.1.1-3, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname link created by ldconfig. If you get an error

libutf8proc: /usr/lib/libutf8proc.so.2 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Suy --overwrite usr/lib/libutf8proc.so.2

to perform the upgrade.

Older News

[From Arch] js52 52.7.3-2 upgrade requires intervention
[From Arch] glibc 2.27-2 and pam 1.3.0-2 may require manual intervention
[From Arch] zita-resampler 1.6.0-1 -> 2 update requires manual intervention
CrazyToon has passed away
Continuation of i686 support
Kernels deprecation
New OpenRC and LXDE ISOs
Perl library path change
If you are having trouble with Megver83 GPG Key
Mesa upgrade may require manual intervention

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webkit2gtk 2.22.1-1.nonprism1 x86_64
ffmpeg 1:4.0.2-3 armv7h
xterm 337-1 armv7h
shiboken2 5.11.2-1 armv7h
libtorrent-rasterbar 1:1.1.9-2 armv7h
source-highlight 3.1.8-17 armv7h
python-setuptools 1:40.4.2-1 armv7h
modemmanager 1.8.2-1 armv7h
libphonenumber 8.9.12-2 armv7h
boost 1.68.0-1.1 armv7h
pyside2 5.11.2-1 armv7h
licq 1.8.2-21 armv7h
libkolabxml 1.1.6-9 armv7h
krita 4.1.1-5 armv7h
ekiga 4.0.1-31 armv7h