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] glibc 2.27-2 and pam 1.3.0-2 may require manual intervention


The new version of glibc removes support for NIS and NIS+. The default /etc/nsswitch.conf file provided by filesystem package already reflects this change. Please make sure to merge pacnew file if it exists prior to upgrade.

NIS functionality can still be enabled by installing libnss_nis package. There is no replacement for NIS+ in the official repositories.

pam 1.3.0-2 no longer ships pam_unix2 module and pam_unix_*.so compatibility symlinks. Before upgrading, review PAM configuration files in the /etc/pam.d directory and replace removed modules with pam_unix.so. Users of pam_unix2 should also reset their passwords after such change. Defaults provided by pambase package do not need any modifications.

[From Arch] zita-resampler 1.6.0-1 -> 2 update requires manual intervention


The zita-resampler 1.6.0-1 package was missing a library symlink that has been readded in 1.6.0-2. If you installed 1.6.0-1, ldconfig would have created this symlink at install time, and it will conflict with the one included in 1.6.0-2. In that case, remove /usr/lib/libzita-resampler.so.1 manually before updating.

CrazyToon has passed away


A former Parabola contributor, CrazyToon, has passed away earlier today, December 26th at 4:40 AM UTC, at the age of 60.

On September 30th, he suffered two cerebral aneurysms and intracranial hemorrhages. Surgery was performed on October 13th and he entered into coma until November 1st. On November 10th, he suffered two cerebral strokes and lost all possibility of recovering his health. He proceeded to have catatonic stupor state, hard convulsions, continuous high pressure, fever and general hemorrhages.

He will be remembered as the father of two other Parabola contributors, André Silva ("Emulatorman") and Márcio Silva ("coadde"); for his ...

Continuation of i686 support


As part of our community's heightened interest in platforms amenable to user freedom, Parabola will continue supporting the i686 port for the foreseeable future. The base distro will be based on packages from Arch's unofficial 32-bit port, starting today.

In general users don't need to do anything to make the transition. Just make sure you are using the latest libre/archlinux32-keyring (required by default since pacman 5.0.2-2.parabola1.1) and upgrade as usual:

# pacman -Syy
# pacman -S libre/archlinux32-keyring
# pacman -Su

During the next few days upgrade operations will greet you with warning messages about ...

Kernels deprecation


The following packages have been removed from the [kernels] repository:

  • linux-libre-apparmor
  • linux-libre-xen
  • linux-libre-nand
  • linux-libre-audit
  • linux-libre-knock

Including their respective -docs and -headers split packages. And a new one was added:

  • linux-libre-xtreme: A kernel with hardened patches and handful of awesome security features (AppArmor, SMACK, TOMOYO, SELinux, YAMA)

We want to encourage our users to use kernels from [kernels], you can enable the repository by following this instructions

Older News

New OpenRC and LXDE ISOs
Perl library path change
If you are having trouble with Megver83 GPG Key
Mesa upgrade may require manual intervention
[From Arch] ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 upgrade requires manual intervention
Chromium blacklisted to respect your-freedom
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

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lib32-icu 60.2-1 x86_64
lib32-pango 1.42.0-1 x86_64
lib32-llvm 6.0.0-1 x86_64
lib32-harfbuzz 1.7.6-1 x86_64
lib32-orc 0.4.28-1 x86_64
lib32-virtualgl 2.5.2-3 x86_64
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lib32-libxcb 1.13-1 x86_64
lib32-pcre 8.41-1 x86_64
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