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 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.

[From Arch] ttf-dejavu 2.37 will require forced upgrade


ttf-dejavu 2.37 will change the way fontconfig configuration is installed. In previous versions the configuration was symlinked from post_install/post_upgrade, the new version will place the files inside the package like it is done in fontconfig now.

For more information about this change: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/32312

To upgrade to ttf-dejavu 2.37 it's recommended to upgrade the package on its own: pacman -S --force ttf-dejavu

GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 has been added as one of the license alternatives for PMC (Parabola Multimedia Collections)


We want to announce that GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 has been added as one of the license alternatives for PMC (Parabola Multimedia Collections) from now on.

So far, we had only Free Art License 1.3 and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License as options for redistribute and/or modify our multimedia files through the wiki, repo and git for PMC (Parabola Multimedia Collections), formerly PAC (Parabola Art Collections) and POM (Parabola Official Multimedia). However, Richard Stallman suggested us use the GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 as one of the license alternatives to make compatible with ...

GNU and Bola comic book titled "IoT" is available in British English language!


We're very happy to announce that we have the GNU and Bola comic book titled "IoT" available in British English language!

Parabola is always looking for new volunteers, then if you have a understanding of written English and a good command of your native language, you can certainly engage in translation, or do proof-reading. Writing good English is not necessary!

If it's your case and you would include your native language version, please don't hesitate to let us know on #parabola or mailing list, we have the British English po file available for translation.

As far as ...

biblatex-biber deprecated in favor of biber - manual intervention required


If you are a user of biblatex-biber from [pcr] you should upgrade to biber now that it's provided as a [community] package. This means uninstalling the old package (and its dependents) through pacman; the new one has a different name and you won't get it as part of a system upgrade. texlive-bibtexextra includes the functionality of biblatex-biber's dependent: biblatex.

Older News

[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
Parabola will take part in FISL17
Parabola will take part in Coliberator 2016
Parabola receives VPS Sponsorship from 1984 Hosting Company
Parabola has a new mascot called Bola

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