A fully free, simple, and lightweight operating system

You've reached the website of Parabola GNU/Linux-libre. The Parabola project is a community-driven, "labour-of-love" effort to maintain a 100% free (as in: freedom) operating system distribution that is lean, clean, and hackable.

Based on the Arch distribution, Parabola is a complete, user-friendly operating system, suitable for general "everyday" use, while retaining Arch's "power-user" charm. Parabola adheres to the GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines (FSDG); which requires source code for every part of the system to be freely available, modifyable, and re-distributable. All Parabola packages are built from source, in clean chroots, and with networking disabled, in order to replace any software and artworks in the standard Arch system which fall outside the GNU guidelines. LiveISOs, installers, and packages are provided for the armv7h, i686, and x86_64 CPU architectures.

Our community is friendly and helpful. Feel free to hop on the IRC channel, subscribe to the mailing lists, or join the web forum to get your feet wet. Once you are ready to begin your adventures through Fosstopia, the wiki will guide you well toward learning to install and use Parabola comfortably and confidently.

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[From Arch] libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention


The libtraceevent package prior to version 5.9-1 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 5.9-1, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked files created by ldconfig. If you get any of these errors

libtraceevent: /usr/lib/libtraceevent.so.1 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Syu --overwrite /usr/lib/libtraceevent.so.1

to perform the upgrade.

[From Arch] ghostpcl>=9.53.2-2 and ghostxps>=9.53.2-2 updates require manual intervention


The ghostpcl and ghostxps packages prior to version 9.53.2-2 were missing a soname link each. This has been fixed in 9.53.2-2, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked files created by ldconfig. If you get any of these errors

ghostpcl: /usr/lib/libgpcl6.so.9 exists in filesystem
ghostxps: /usr/lib/libgxps.so.9 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Syu --overwrite /usr/lib/libgpcl6.so.9,/usr/lib/libgxps.so.9

to perform the upgrade.

manual intervention required for some non-systemd users


a change was made this week to 'nonsystemd/base', in order to reduce dependency conflicts, when installing a nonsystemd system, and when migrating to or from nonsystemd<->systemd - this has exposed several dependency conflicts which were not obvious before, and made them explicit

manual intervention will be required, if pacman has a conflict such as:

your-initfreedom and systemd-_ANYTHING_ are in conflict

if you get that error, see this redmine issue for the solution:


there is a separate, but related issue, where we are collecting examples of conflicts which were exposed by this change to ...

ath9k wifi devices may not work with linux-libre 5.7.6


if you have a USB wifi device which uses the ath9k or ath9k_htc kernel module, you should postpone upgrading to any of the 5.7.6 kernels; or the device may not work when you next reboot - PCI devices do not seem to be affected by this bug

watch this bug report for further details

linux-libre and linux-libre-headers 5.7.6 have been pulled from the repos and replaced with 5.7.2; but other kernels remain at 5.7.6 - if you have already upgraded to one of the 5.7.6 kernels, and your wifi does not work ...

IceWeasel-75.0 changes default WebRTC behaviour


IceWeasel-75.0-1.parabola2 brings an important update to the default configuration. We are relaxing the WebRTC privacy settings to allow Jitsi to function, bringing fully free video conferencing to parabola GNU/Linux-libre. The flip side of this change is that under certain circumstances this may be exploited in a way that the browser may leak local addresses in VPN connections. The browser extension 'uBlock Origin' provides a setting to prevent this from happening, and we are investigating ways to harden IceWeasel against such attacks.

In the meantime, to retain the old behaviour, set 'media.peerconnection.enabled' to 'false' in about ...

Older News

[From Arch] zn_poly 0.9.2-2 update requires manual intervention
[From Arch] nss>=3.51.1-1 and lib32-nss>=3.51.1-1 updates require manual intervention
[From Arch] hplip 3.20.3-2.par1 update requires manual intervention
[From Arch] rsync compatibility
[From Arch] Now using Zstandard instead of xz for package compression
manual intervention required (xorgproto dependency errors)
[From Arch] Required update to recent libarchive
[From Arch] `base` group replaced by mandatory `base` package - manual intervention required
ATTN: bleachbit users
[From Arch] astyle>=3.1-2 update requires manual intervention

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gdb 10.1-1 armv7h/x86_64
freetds armv7h/x86_64
pipewire 0.3.14-1 armv7h/x86_64
composer 2.0.4-1 armv7h/x86_64
libhandy 1.0.1-1 armv7h/x86_64
libzip 1.7.3-1 armv7h
python-hypothesis 5.41.0-1 armv7h/x86_64
python-elementpath 2.0.4-1 armv7h/x86_64
fcitx5-qt armv7h/x86_64
fcitx5-chewing armv7h/x86_64
puppet 6.19.1-1 armv7h/x86_64
confuse 3.3-2 armv7h/x86_64
python-jinja 2.11.2-2 armv7h/x86_64
facter 3.14.14-2 armv7h/x86_64
yoshimi 1.7.3-1 armv7h/x86_64