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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New OpenRC and LXDE ISOs


Since a considerable amount of Parabola developers and users prefer to use the OpenRC init system instead of Systemd, which is the default, we are proud to announce the first releases of Parabola GNU/Linux-libre OpenRC Edition ISOs!

As of now they are still in beta, you can get them here. These are not official, yet, but we are working on fixing all their issues. You can help by testing them and giving us some feedback so we can improve them.

Besides this, due to a bug in MATE, we are planning to replace MATE with LXDE in the graphical ISOs (available with Systemd and OpenRC) and include the Calamares installer for a more user-friendly experience for newcomers.

Perl library path change


The perl package now uses a versioned path for compiled modules. This means that modules built for a non-matching perl version will not be loaded any more and must be rebuilt.

A pacman hook warns about affected modules during the upgrade by showing output like this:

WARNING: '/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl' contains data from at least 143 packages which will NOT be used by the installed perl interpreter.
 -> Run the following command to get a list of affected packages: pacman -Qqo '/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl'

You must rebuild all affected packages against the new perl package before you can ...

If you are having trouble with Megver83 GPG Key


Specifically the newest Linux-libre kernel

Try running:

   $ sudo pacman -S parabola-keyring
   $ sudo pacman-key --refresh-keys

Mesa upgrade may require manual intervention


Due to a little boondoggle, some users may have trouble upgrading mesa because pacman can't figure out the dependency tree. If this is the case, and pacman tells you that it can't satisfy dependencies on mesa-libgl, then you should be able to resolve this by manually telling pacman that the resolution is libglvnd:

# pacman -Su libglvnd

Additionally, multilib users may need to manually downgrade from the no-longer-existing libre-multilib/lib32-mesa and friends to multilib/lib32-mesa and friends.

[From Arch] ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 upgrade requires manual intervention


The upgrade to ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 requires manual intervention because a symlink which used to be generated post-install has been moved into the package proper.

As deleting the symlink may leave you unable to download packages, perform this upgrade in three steps:

# pacman -Syuw                           # download packages
# rm /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt  # remove conflicting file
# pacman -Su                             # perform upgrade

Older News

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
Scheduled Server Maintenance
[From Arch] OpenVPN 2.4.0 update requires administrative interaction
Blender update - Manual intervention required
New install medium 2016.11.03
[From Arch] ttf-dejavu 2.37 will require forced upgrade

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linux-libre-hardened 4.13.8_gnu.a-1 i686/x86_64
mesa 17.2.3-1 i686/x86_64
libtorrent-rasterbar 1:1.1.5-1 i686/x86_64
util-linux 2.31-1 i686/x86_64
libinput 1.9.0-1 i686/x86_64
bash-completion 2.7-2 any
wine 2.19-1 x86_64
lib32-mesa 17.2.3-1 x86_64
webkit2gtk 2.18.1-1 i686/x86_64
modemmanager 1.6.10-1 i686/x86_64
wxmaxima 17.10.0-2 i686/x86_64
rhythmbox 3.4.2+4+ge123ad533-1 i686/x86_64
python-evdev 0.7.0-1 i686/x86_64
noto-fonts 20171019-2 any
perl-net-dns 1.13-1 any