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


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


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


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


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


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

unar being replaced by unarchiver
netctl 1.18-1 and systemd 239.0-2.parabola7 may require manual intervention
[From Arch] libutf8proc>=2.1.1-3 update requires manual intervention
[From Arch] js52 52.7.3-2 upgrade requires intervention
[From Arch] glibc 2.27-2 and pam 1.3.0-2 may require manual intervention
[From Arch] zita-resampler 1.6.0-1 -> 2 update requires manual intervention
CrazyToon has passed away
Continuation of i686 support
Kernels deprecation
New OpenRC and LXDE ISOs

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postgresql 11.3-3.0 i686
openldap 2.4.47-3.0 i686
krb5 1.17-1.0 i686
nmap 7.70-3.5 i686
postfix 3.4.5-2.3 i686
python-psycopg2 2.8.3-1.0 i686
matterbridge 1.15.0-1.0 i686
collectd 5.9.0-1.0 i686
coin-or-cbc 2.10.3-1.0 i686
perl-dbd-pg 3.8.0-3.0 i686
podman 1.4.1-1.0 i686
dep 0.5.4-1.0 i686
python-psutil 5.6.3-1.0 i686
conmon 1:0.3.0-1.0 i686
gost 2.8.0-1.0 i686