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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Perl library path change


The perl package now uses a versioned path for compiled modules. This means that modules built for a non-matching perl version will not be loaded any more and must be rebuilt.

A pacman hook warns about affected modules during the upgrade by showing output like this:

WARNING: '/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl' contains data from at least 143 packages which will NOT be used by the installed perl interpreter.
 -> Run the following command to get a list of affected packages: pacman -Qqo '/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl'

You must rebuild all affected packages against the new perl package before you can use them again. The change also affects modules installed directly via CPAN. Rebuilding will also be necessary again with future major perl updates like 5.28 and 5.30.

Please note that rebuilding was already required for major updates prior to this change, however now perl will no longer try to load the modules and then fail in strange ways.

If the build system of some software does not detect the change automatically, you can use perl -V:vendorarch in your PKGBUILD to query perl for the correct path. There is also sitearch for software that is not packaged with pacman.

If you are having trouble with Megver83 GPG Key


Specifically the newest Linux-libre kernel

Try running:

   $ sudo pacman -S parabola-keyring
   $ sudo pacman-key --refresh-keys

Mesa upgrade may require manual intervention


Due to a little boondoggle, some users may have trouble upgrading mesa because pacman can't figure out the dependency tree. If this is the case, and pacman tells you that it can't satisfy dependencies on mesa-libgl, then you should be able to resolve this by manually telling pacman that the resolution is libglvnd:

# pacman -Su libglvnd

Additionally, multilib users may need to manually downgrade from the no-longer-existing libre-multilib/lib32-mesa and friends to multilib/lib32-mesa and friends.

[From Arch] ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 upgrade requires manual intervention


The upgrade to ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 requires manual intervention because a symlink which used to be generated post-install has been moved into the package proper.

As deleting the symlink may leave you unable to download packages, perform this upgrade in three steps:

# pacman -Syuw                           # download packages
# rm /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt  # remove conflicting file
# pacman -Su                             # perform upgrade

Chromium blacklisted to respect your-freedom


Due to outstanding privacy and freedom violations in Chromium, qt5-webengine and popcorntime have been removed. We will make our best effort to find replacements and patch any affected software. Please see our announcement on the mailing list following recommendation from Mr. Stallman.

Older News

proton.parabola.nu server is up!
Linux-libre downgrade - Manual intervention required
Server status
[From Arch] xorg-server 1.19.1 is now in extra
Scheduled Server Maintenance
[From Arch] OpenVPN 2.4.0 update requires administrative interaction
Blender update - Manual intervention required
New install medium 2016.11.03
[From Arch] ttf-dejavu 2.37 will require forced upgrade
GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 has been added as one of the license alternatives for PMC (Parabola Multimedia Collections)

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openrc 0.31.2-1.parabola1 i686/x86_64
openshot 2.4.0-1.parabola1 any
python-lxml 4.0.0-1 i686/x86_64
kig 17.08.1-2 i686/x86_64
libpst 0.6.70-3 i686/x86_64
liborcus 0.12.1-3 i686/x86_64
ppp 2.4.7-4 i686/x86_64
mkvtoolnix 15.0.0-2 i686/x86_64
boost 1.65.1-1 i686/x86_64
libcmis 0.5.1-7 i686/x86_64
source-highlight 3.1.8-13 i686/x86_64
libkolabxml 1.1.6-5 i686/x86_64
akonadi-qt4 1.13.0-14 i686/x86_64
libtorrent-rasterbar 1:1.1.4-2 i686/x86_64
ceph 10.2.9-1 i686/x86_64