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Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Last Update: 2022-03-13 03:06 UTC


Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is an unofficial "libre" variant of Arch Linux. It aims to provide a fully free (as in freedom) distribution based on the packages of the Arch Linux project, with packages optimised for i686 and x86_64 processors. The goal is to give the users complete control over their systems with 100% "libre" software. Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is listed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as a fully free software distribution. Besides a standard installation CD image, the project also provides a live/rescue DVD image with MATE as the default desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 141 (61), 6 months: 149 (58), 3 months: 146 (55), 4 weeks: 130 (55), 1 week: 119 (54)

Average visitor rating: 7.58/10 from 12 review(s).


Parabola Summary
Distribution Parabola GNU/Linux-libre
Home Page https://parabola.nu/
Mailing Lists https://lists.parabola.nu//mailman/listinfo/
User Forums --
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Documentation https://wiki.parabola.nu/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://parabola.nu/download/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://labs.parabola.nu/
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Reviews 2017: DistroWatch
2011: OSNews
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2016-07-29: Distribution Release: Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 2016.07.27
 • 2012-10-29: Distribution Release: Parabola GNU/Linux 2012.10.17
 • More Parabola releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2021-08-12 Parabola adds accessibility option and installer
 • 2018-08-21 Parabola replaces unar
 • 2017-11-14 Parabola keeps 32-bit alive
 • 2017-10-19 Parabola makes OpenRC spin
 • More Parabola headlines...

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Feature 2021.08.11 2020.01.18 2019.03.11 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Feature
Release Date 2021-08-11 2020-01-18 2019-03-18 2018-12-23 2017-11-05 2016-11-03 2015-05-01 2013-09-11 2012-10-17 2011-09-01 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 900-1800 800-1900 800-1900 800-1900 700-1900           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE MATE -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software OpenRC, systemd OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC systemd OpenRC systemd systemd systemd SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en, eo, es, fr, gl, it, pl, pt_BR en, eo, es, fr, gl, it, pl, pt_BR en, eo, es, fr, gl, it, pl, pt_BR en, eo, es, fr, gl, it, pl, pt_BR en, eo, es, fr, gl, it, pl, pt_BR en, es, gl, pt_BR en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2021.08.11 2020.01.18 2019.03.11 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Full Package List
Package 2021.08.11 2020.01.18 2019.03.11 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Package
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.4 3.0.4 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.7.2) 1.2.5.1 1.2.1.2 1.1.8 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.7.2)
amdgpu (22.20.1) 21.0.0 19.1.0 19.0.0 18.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (22.20.1)
bash (5.1.16) 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (5.1.16)
bind (9.18.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.5)
chromium (104.0.5112.79) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (104.0.5112.79)
cups (2.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.4.2)
dhcp (4.4.3) 4.4.2-P1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 4.3.5 4.3.2 4.2.5-P1 4.2.4-P1 4.2.1-P1 dhcp (4.4.3)
e2fsprogs (1.46.5) 1.46.3 1.45.5 1.44.6 1.44.5 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.41.14 e2fsprogs (1.46.5)
firefox (103.0.2) -- -- 65.0.2 61.0.2 56.0.2 49.0 -- -- -- -- firefox (103.0.2)
freetype (2.12.1) 2.10.4 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.7 -- -- 2.4.10 -- freetype (2.12.1)
gcc (12.1.0) -- -- -- -- -- 6.2.1 -- -- -- -- gcc (12.1.0)
gimp (2.10.32) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.32)
glibc (2.36) 2.33 2.30 2.28 2.28 2.26 2.24 2.21 2.18 2.16.0 2.14 glibc (2.36)
gnome-shell (42.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (42.3.1)
gnucash (4.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.11)
gnumeric (1.12.52) 1.12.50 1.12.46 1.12.44 1.12.44 1.12.34 1.12.32 -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.52)
grub (2.06) -- 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 0.97 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.6.6) 3.24.30 3.24.13 3.24.5 2.24.32 2.24.31 2.24.31 -- -- -- -- gtk (4.6.6)
httpd (2.4.54) -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.23 -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.54)
inkscape (1.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.1)
k3b (22.04.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (22.04.3)
kmod (30) 29 26 26 25 24 23 20 15 10 -- kmod (30)
krita (5.0.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.0.8)
libreoffice (7.3.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.3.5)
linux (5.19) 5.13.8 5.4.12 5.0 4.19.8 4.13.11 4.8.6 4.0.1 3.10.10 3.6.2 3.0.4 linux (5.19)
Package 2021.08.11 2020.01.18 2019.03.11 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.1 0.10.0 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.8.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.8.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.0) -- -- -- -- 1.18.0 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.0)
mesa (22.1.6) 21.1.6 19.3.2 18.3.4 18.3.1 17.2.3 13.0.0 -- -- -- -- mesa (22.1.6)
mysql (8.0.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.30)
nautilus (42.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (42.2)
NVIDIA (515.65.01) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (515.65.01)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (18.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (18.0.1)
openssh (9.0p1) 8.6p1 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 6.8p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 5.8p2 openssh (9.0p1)
openssl (3.0.5) 1.1.1k 1.1.1d 1.1.1b 1.1.1a 1.1.0g 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.0e 1.0.0c 1.0.0d openssl (3.0.5)
perl (5.36.0) 5.34.0 5.30.1 5.28.1 5.28.1 5.26.1 5.24.0 5.20.2 5.18.1 5.16.1 5.14.1 perl (5.36.0)
php (8.1.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.25.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.25.4)
postfix (3.7.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.7.2)
postgresql (14.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (14.4)
Python (3.10.6) 3.9.6 3.8.1 3.7.2 3.7.1 3.6.3 2.7.12 -- -- -- -- Python (3.10.6)
qt (6.3.1) 5.15.2 5.14.0 5.12.1 5.12.0 5.9.2 5.7.0 -- -- -- -- qt (6.3.1)
samba (4.16.4) -- 4.10.10 4.9.4 4.8.2 -- 4.5.1 -- -- -- -- samba (4.16.4)
systemd (251.4) -- -- -- 238 -- 231 219 204 194 -- systemd (251.4)
thunderbird (102.1.2) -- -- 60.5.1 52.7.0 52.4.0 45.4.0 -- -- -- -- thunderbird (102.1.2)
vim (9.0) 8.2 8.2 -- 8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.17.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.17.4)
xfdesktop (4.16.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.16.0)
xorg-server (21.1.4) 1.20.13 1.20.7 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.19.5 1.18.4 -- -- -- -- xorg-server (21.1.4)

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Version: 2020.01.18
Rating: 10
Date: 2021-10-08
Votes: 2


It's pretty much indistinguishable from arch, meaning all the arch wiki documentation and support is applicable. Parabola wiki also has detailed instructions for librebooting with fully encrypted drive, including /boot.


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Version: 2020.01.18
Rating: 10
Date: 2021-09-06
Votes: 5


I need to retract my note. Parabola linux is the best distro I've ever used. The problem is in the iso images that come with a graphical environment. These images have many bugs and problems after installing the system, but when parabola with systemd is installed in the same way as Arch Linux, following the Parabola guide, the system is perfect. It's the lightest, cleanest and fastest distro I've ever used, the best for older notebooks. Thank you Parabola team.




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Version: 2019.03.11
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-07-12
Votes: 0


Bugs for update with gpg keys; Bugs on boot; Forum is dead.





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