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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ATTN: bleachbit users


there is a subtlety to note with the packaging of bleachbit-2.2.2 - if you have ever previously run bleachbit with su privilidges, you will be unable to upgrade to bleachbit-2.2.2 - you must run this command first:

# rm -rf /usr/share/bleachbit

[From Arch] astyle>=3.1-2 update requires manual intervention


The astyle package prior to version 3.1-2 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 3.1-2, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname link created by ldconfig. If you get an error

astyle: /usr/lib/libastyle.so.3 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Suy --overwrite usr/lib/libastyle.so.3

to perform the upgrade.

[From Arch] libbloom>=1.6-2 update requires manual intervention


The libbloom package prior to version 1.6-2 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 1.6-2, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname link created by ldconfig. If you get an error

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

when updating, use

pacman -Suy --overwrite usr/lib/libbloom.so.1

to perform the upgrade.

caution regarding the 'libidn2' package with systemd


if you are using systemd (the default parabola system) and have the 'libidn2' package installed, upgrading it could break your system until the next version of systemd is in the repos

if this has already happened to you, here is a temporary work-around:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libidn2.so /usr/lib/libidn2.so.0

refer to this bug report for follow-ups: https://labs.parabola.nu/issues/2139

Parabola officially supports librebooted Asus Chromebook C201


Parabola now supports the Asus Chromebook C201 with the Linux-libre kernel. In the past, the furthest thing we achieved was to boot Parabola with the non-free CrOS kernel. However, that changed when a Parabola user reported at issue #1965 to successfully boot our beloved distro in this Librebooted ARM laptop. Users that wish to do this, just have to install the linux-libre-chromebook package, which has the signature to boot Linux-libre with Depthcharge in the C201.

Older News

Important notice for OpenRC users on i686
Server loss
Boot problems with Linux-libre 4.18 on older CPUs
unar being replaced by unarchiver
netctl 1.18-1 and systemd 239.0-2.parabola7 may require manual intervention
[From Arch] libutf8proc>=2.1.1-3 update requires manual intervention
[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

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mate-calc 1.22.2-1 armv7h/x86_64
caja-extensions 1.22.1-1 x86_64/armv7h
tokei 10.0.1-1 armv7h/x86_64
marco 1.22.3-1 armv7h/x86_64
python-jedi 0.15.1-1 armv7h/x86_64
mumble 1.3.0-2 armv7h/x86_64
caja 1.22.2-1 armv7h/x86_64
python-hypothesis 4.36.2-1 armv7h/x86_64
home-assistant 0.99.2-1 armv7h
jenkins 2.195-1 armv7h/x86_64
jmol 14.29.53-1 x86_64/armv7h
homebank 5.2.8-1 armv7h
mate-icon-theme 1.22.2-1 armv7h/x86_64
hugo 0.58.3-1 armv7h
libffado 2.4.2-1 armv7h