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, join the web forum, or subscribe to the mailing lists, 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] Switch to the base-devel meta package requires manual intervention


The base-devel package group has recently been replaced by a meta package of the same name.
People that had the base-devel package group installed (meaning people that installed base-devel before February 2nd) have to explicitly re-install it to get the new base-devel package installed on their system:

pacman -Syu base-devel

systemd encrypted boot may be broken by upgrade to openssl v3 (systemd-cryptsetup), and various libcrypto.so.1.1 errors - suggest to postpone upgrading


until https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/76440 is resolved

FS#76440 : systemd-cryptsetup still refers to libcrypto.so.1.1 after upgrading to openssl3

see: https://labs.parabola.nu/issues/3368

UPDATE 2022-11-08: fixed in cryptsetup 2.5.0-4

[From Arch] Removing python2 from the repositories


Python 2 went end of life January 2020. Since then Arch has been actively cutting down the number of projects depending on python2 in their repositories, and they have finally been able to drop it from our distribution, making it disappear from Parabola too. If you still have python2 installed on your system consider removing it and any python2 package.

If you still require the python2 package you can keep it around, but please be aware that there will be no security updates.

Grub bootloader upgrade and configuration incompatibilities


2022-08-30 - Christian Hesse

Recent changes in grub added a new command option to fwsetup and changed the way the command is invoked in the generated boot configuration. Depending on your system hardware and setup this could cause an unbootable system due to incompatibilities between the installed bootloader and configuration. After a grub package update it is advised to run both, installation and regeneration of configuration:

grub-install ...
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

elogind requires manual intervention


As part of the init scripts repackaging, elogind does no longer ship with its OpenRC init script. You have to manually install it when upgrading:

# pacman -Syu
# pacman -S elogind-openrc

Older News

[nonsystemd] NetworkManager, dbus and display managers require manual intervention
[From Arch]: wxgtk2 may require manual intervention
TalkingParabola merged in main ISO and installation medium with installer
[From Arch] Sorting out old password hashes
[From Arch 32] plasma-workspace needs manual intervention
[From Arch] libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention
[From Arch] ghostpcl>=9.53.2-2 and ghostxps>=9.53.2-2 updates require manual intervention
manual intervention required for some non-systemd users
ath9k wifi devices may not work with linux-libre 5.7.6
IceWeasel-75.0 changes default WebRTC behaviour

Recent Updates (more)

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pipewire 1:0.3.71-2 x86_64
libatasmart 0.19-6 x86_64
gdu 5.24.0-1 x86_64
osinfo-db 20230518-1 x86_64
python-faker 18.3.4-1 x86_64
hyprland 0.26.0-1 x86_64
rye 0.5.0-1 x86_64
hyphen-hu 20201216-1 x86_64
gopls 0.12.0-1 x86_64
libtheora 1.1.1-6 x86_64
xterm 382-1 x86_64
librsvg 2:2.56.1-1 x86_64
python-phonenumbers 8.13.13-1 x86_64
imagemagick x86_64
libdatrie 0.2.13-4 x86_64

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