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] xorg-server 1.19.1 is now in extra


The new version comes with the following changes:

  • xf86-input-libinput is the default input driver, however synaptics, evdev and wacom are still available.

  • These packages are deprecated: xf86-input-joystick, xf86 -input-acecad, xf86-video-apm, xf86-video-ark, xf86-video-chips, xf86-video- glint, xf86-video-i128, xf86-video-i740, xf86-video-mach64, xf86-video-neomagic, xf86-video-nv, xf86-video-r128, xf86-video-rendition, xf86-video-s3, xf86-video- s3virge, xf86-video-savage, xf86-video-siliconmotion, xf86-video-sis, xf86 -video-tdfx, xf86-video-trident, xf86-video-tseng

Scheduled Server Maintenance


Scheduled server maintenance is underway for server migration, cleaning, and security improvements. We expect this to be done in the next 48hours. Users may experience temporary downtime during this time.

[From Arch] OpenVPN 2.4.0 update requires administrative interaction


The upgrade to OpenVPN 2.4.0 makes changes that are incompatible with previous configurations. Take special care if you depend on VPN connectivity for remote access! Administrative interaction is required:

  • Configuration is expected in sub directories now. Move your files from /etc/openvpn/ to /etc/openvpn/server/ or /etc/openvpn/client/.

  • The plugin lookup path changed, remove extra plugins/ from relative paths.

  • The systemd unit openvpn@.service was replaced with openvpn- client@.service and openvpn-server@.service. Restart and reenable accordingly.

This does not affect the functionality of networkmanager, connman or qopenvpn.

Blender update - Manual intervention required


Blender version 17:2.78.agit1.e8299c8-2.parabola2 was superseded by blender 17:2.78.a-3.parabola1, but pacman sees this as a downgrade.

For this reason users of the old blender are required to allow downgrades on their next update:

pacman -Suu

New install medium 2016.11.03


Dual architecture (i686 and x86_64):

  • Main ISO - Live ISO image for installation and recovery.
  • MATE desktop ISO - Live ISO image for installation and recovery (with MATE Desktop Environment).
  • TalkingParabola ISO - Live ISO image for installation and recovery (adapted for blind and visually impaired users).


  • [Mate desktop ISO]: Fixed English spelling in Parabola Installation CLI. [0]
  • [Mate desktop ISO]: Added ttf-dejavu. [1]
  • [Mate desktop ISO]: Added dmidecode. [2]
  • Enabled PCR (Parabola Community Repository) by default. [3]

Download information can be found here.

Older News

[From Arch] ttf-dejavu 2.37 will require forced upgrade
GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 has been added as one of the license alternatives for PMC (Parabola Multimedia Collections)
GNU and Bola comic book titled "IoT" is available in British English language!
biblatex-biber deprecated in favor of biber - manual intervention required
[Software e Cultura no Brasil] Seminary and presentation videos are available!
Parabola will take part in Software e Cultura no Brasil
New install medium 2016.07.27
New RYF-seeking Hardware Crowdfunding Project - with Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Pre-installed!
[FISL17] Conference video and stand photos are available!
New install medium 2016.07.09

Recent Updates (more)

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blender-addon-luxrender 1.5.1.v2.77-1 any
gthumb i686/x86_64
bbswitch 0.8-58.parabola1.basekernel4.9 i686/x86_64
tp_smapi-lts 0.42-7.parabola1.basekernel4.4 i686/x86_64
tp_smapi 0.42-8.parabola1.basekernel4.9 i686/x86_64
acpi_call 1.1.0-54.parabola1.basekernel4.9 i686/x86_64
vhba-module 20161009-5.parabola1.basekernel4.9 i686/x86_64
acpi_call-lts 1.1.0-37.parabola1.basekernel4.4 i686/x86_64
sagemath 7.5-2.parabola1 i686/x86_64
openmw 0.41.0-2.parabola1 i686/x86_64
evolution-data-server 3.22.3-2.nonprism1 i686/x86_64
blogilo 16.12.1-1.nonprism1 i686/x86_64
kdepim-runtime 16.12.1-1.nonprism1 i686/x86_64
kdepim-addons 16.12.1-1.nonprism1 i686/x86_64
kmail 16.12.1-1.nonprism1 i686/x86_64