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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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

[nonsystemd] NetworkManager, dbus and display managers require manual intervention


We have recently began a repackaging of [nonsystemd] packages (see #3290). The displaymanager-openrc package has been removed and specific init scripts have been added for their respective display manager (e.g. sddm-openrc for sddm, gdm-openrc for gdm and so on with lxdm, xdm and lightdm)

Regarding NetworkManager and dbus, their nonsystemd builds used to ship with their corresponding OpenRC init scripts, but now they were separated into networkmanager-openrc and dbus-openrc. Please install these when upgrading those packages.

[From Arch]: wxgtk2 may require manual intervention


if pacman gives an error message like:

error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies) :: removing wxgtk-common breaks dependency 'wxgtk-common' required by wxgtk2

you will need to uninstall 'wxgtk2' and it's dependents first (the only such parabola packages are 'freefilesync' and 'odamex')

# pacman -Rc wxgtk2

TalkingParabola merged in main ISO and installation medium with installer


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


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.

Older News

[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
[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

Recent Updates (more)

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webkit2gtk-5.0 2.36.6-1 x86_64
dkms 3.0.6-1 x86_64
webkit2gtk 2.36.6-1 x86_64
scons 4.4.0-1 x86_64
webkit2gtk-4.1 2.36.6-1 x86_64
mutt 2.2.7-1 x86_64
gnome-remote-desktop 42.4-1 x86_64
binutils 2.39-2 x86_64
pacman 6.0.1-4.parabola3 i686/x86_64
gsm 1.0.22-1 armv7h
dbus-broker 32-1 armv7h
libwacom 2.4.0-1 armv7h
eog 42.3-1 armv7h
libwebp 1.2.4-1 armv7h
libdmapsharing 2.9.41-1 armv7h

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