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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TalkingParabola merged in main ISO and installation medium with installer

2021-08-12

Last year Arch integrated the features from the TalkingArch project into archiso and some months ago they added an installer into their installation medium. As a result, and with some delay, TalkingParabola was deprecated and we added these features to our ISOs too. They are available in out download page as well.

Note that although the OpenRC LXDE ISO has the speech boot option, this only works for CLI. Screen reader support will be added in the future for the GUI and the current installer will be replaced with one based in Zen Installer.

[From Arch] Sorting out old password hashes

2021-07-07

Starting with libxcrypt 4.4.21, weak password hashes (such as MD5 and SHA1) are no longer accepted for new passwords. Users that still have their passwords stored with a weak hash will be asked to update their password on their next login.

If the login just fails (for example from display manager) switch to a virtual terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F2) and log in there once.

[From Arch 32] plasma-workspace needs manual intervention

2020-11-08

plasma-workspace-5.20.1.1-1.1 cannot be installed with:

...
plasma-workspace: /usr/share/locale/zh_TW/LC_MESSAGES/kfontinst.mo exists in filesystem (owned by plasma-desktop)
plasma-workspace: /usr/share/locale/zh_TW/LC_MESSAGES/krdb.mo exists in filesystem (owned by plasma-desktop)
plasma-workspace: /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.kde.fontinst.policy exists in filesystem (owned by plasma-desktop)

use this to overwrite those duplicate files:

pacman -Sy --overwrite='*' plasma-workspace

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

2020-10-24

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

2020-10-01

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.

Older News

2020-08-31
manual intervention required for some non-systemd users
2020-07-02
ath9k wifi devices may not work with linux-libre 5.7.6
2020-04-14
IceWeasel-75.0 changes default WebRTC behaviour
2020-04-14
[From Arch] zn_poly 0.9.2-2 update requires manual intervention
2020-04-14
[From Arch] nss>=3.51.1-1 and lib32-nss>=3.51.1-1 updates require manual intervention
2020-03-30
[From Arch] hplip 3.20.3-2.par1 update requires manual intervention
2020-01-16
[From Arch] rsync compatibility
2020-01-16
[From Arch] Now using Zstandard instead of xz for package compression
2019-12-23
manual intervention required (xorgproto dependency errors)
2019-10-19
[From Arch] Required update to recent libarchive

Recent Updates (more)

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python-faker 8.13.2-1.0 i686
python-ufolib2 0.11.4-1.0 i686
v2ray-domain-list-community 20210927113941-1.0 i686
jupyterlab 3.1.14-1.0 i686
ttc-iosevka 10.3.0-1.0 i686
qt5-declarative 5.15.2+kde+r31-1.0 i686
iucode-tool 2.3.1-4.0 i686
python-pytest-xdist 2.4.0-1.0 i686
knewstuff 5.86.0-2.0 i686
qt5-wayland 5.15.2+kde+r31-1.0 i686
neovim 0.5.1-1.0 i686
egl-wayland 1.1.8-1.0 i686
libtar 1.2.20-6.0 i686
python-ddt 1.4.3-1.0 i686
bin86 0.16.21-4.0 i686

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