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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[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.

Important notice for OpenRC users on i686


The newest version of PAM has an unspecified dependency on the 'audit' package. Upgrading that package today causes su and sudo to fail and makes logins impossible.

To avoid any trouble, you should explicitly install the 'audit' package before attempting to upgrade the system. If you upgrade without first installing the 'audit' package, then you will need to chroot into the system and install it.

Server loss


The rather long outage (2018-08-27 through 2018-09-18; 22 days) of the proton.parabola.nu server has been resolved, with all services being migrated to winston.parabola.nu. Please notify us if you encounter any lingering issues.

We'd like to specifically thank Jonathan "n1md4" Gower for graciously hosting us at Positive Internet all these years--since before most of us were even Parabola users, let alone contributors.

However, that sponsorship has come to an end. We are alright for now; the server that 1984 Hosting is sponsoring us with is capable of covering our immediate needs. We are looking for a ...

Older News

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
Continuation of i686 support
Kernels deprecation

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rust 1:1.37.0-1 armv7h/x86_64
alsa-lib 1.1.9-2 x86_64
mercurial 5.1-1 x86_64
prometheus-node-exporter 0.18.1-2 x86_64
java-openjfx 12.0.2.u1-1 x86_64
pulseaudio 12.99.2+16+ga7caa9d39-1 x86_64
git 2.23.0-1 x86_64
wpa_supplicant 2:2.9-1 x86_64
libnghttp2 1.39.2-1 x86_64
bash 5.0.009-1 x86_64
libheif 1.5.0-1 x86_64
recode 3.7.2-1 x86_64
nghttp2 1.39.2-1 x86_64
apache 2.4.41-1 armv7h/x86_64
prometheus 2.11.2-1 x86_64