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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caution regarding the 'libidn2' package with systemd

2019-01-16

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

2018-12-14

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

2018-10-09

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

2018-09-20

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 ...

Boot problems with Linux-libre 4.18 on older CPUs

2018-09-19

Due to a known bug in upstream Linux 4.18, users with older multi-core x86 CPUs (Core 2 Duo and earlier?) may not correctly boot up with linux-libre 4.18 when using the default clocksource.

If you are affected, and the CPU is new enough to support HPET, you may work around this by adding clocksource=hpet to the kernel command line. GRUB users can accomplish this by inserting GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT+=" clocksource=hpet" in to /etc/default/grub and re-running grub-mkconfig.

If your CPU is too old to support HPET, you may work around this by using the linux-libre-lts (4.14 ...

Older News

2018-08-21
unar being replaced by unarchiver
2018-08-15
netctl 1.18-1 and systemd 239.0-2.parabola7 may require manual intervention
2018-07-15
[From Arch] libutf8proc>=2.1.1-3 update requires manual intervention
2018-05-05
[From Arch] js52 52.7.3-2 upgrade requires intervention
2018-04-20
[From Arch] glibc 2.27-2 and pam 1.3.0-2 may require manual intervention
2018-02-24
[From Arch] zita-resampler 1.6.0-1 -> 2 update requires manual intervention
2017-12-27
CrazyToon has passed away
2017-11-14
Continuation of i686 support
2017-10-27
Kernels deprecation
2017-10-11
New OpenRC and LXDE ISOs

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java8-openjdk i686/x86_64
java10-openjdk 10.0.2.u13-1.3 i686
libpano13 2.9.19-4.0 i686
libx11 1.6.8-1.0 i686
kinfocenter i686/x86_64
fasm 1.73.08-1.3 i686
minio 2019.06.15-2.0 i686
libunibreak 4.2-1.0 i686
zimg 2.9.1-1.0 i686
ckermit 9.0.302-7.1 i686
qpid-proton 0.28.0-1.0 i686
emscripten 1.38.36-1.0 i686
unbound 1.9.2-1.0 i686
sshguard 2.4.0-1.0 i686
minio-client 2019.06.12-1.0 i686