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Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Last Update: 2018-12-31 17:13 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: 103 (110), 6 months: 110 (98), 3 months: 127 (85), 4 weeks: 131 (63), 1 week: 126 (53)

Average visitor rating: 7.67/10 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 --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.parabola.nu/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://parabola.nu/download/
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, 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:
 •2018-08-21 Parabola replaces unar
 •2017-11-14 Parabola keeps 32-bit alive
 •2017-10-19 Parabola makes OpenRC spin
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Feature 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Feature
Release Date 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 800-1900 700-1900           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop LXDE LXDE MATE -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite 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 Processor Architecture
Init Software 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 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual 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 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 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.8)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 bash (5.0)
bind (9.13.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.13.7)
chromium (72.0.3626.119) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (72.0.3626.119)
cups (2.2.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.10)
dhcp (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 (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.5 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.41.14 e2fsprogs (1.44.5)
firefox (65.0.1) 61.0.2 56.0.2 49.0 -- -- -- -- firefox (65.0.1)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.7 -- -- 2.4.10 -- freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.3.0) -- -- 6.2.1 -- -- -- -- gcc (8.3.0)
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.8)
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.26 2.24 2.21 2.18 2.16.0 2.14 glibc (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.4)
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.44 1.12.34 1.12.32 -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.5) 2.24.32 2.24.31 2.24.31 -- -- -- -- gtk+ (3.24.5)
httpd (2.4.38) -- -- 2.4.23 -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.38)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (18.12.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.12.2)
kmod (26) 25 24 23 20 15 10 -- kmod (26)
krita (4.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.7)
libreoffice (6.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.2.0)
linux (4.20.11) 4.19.8 4.13.11 4.8.6 4.0.1 3.10.10 3.6.2 3.0.4 linux (4.20.11)
Package 2018.12.22 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.13)
mate-desktop (1.20.4) -- 1.18.0 1.16.1 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.4)
mesa (18.3.4) 18.3.1 17.2.3 13.0.0 -- -- -- -- mesa (18.3.4)
mysql (8.0.15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.15)
nautilus (3.30.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.30.5)
NVIDIA (415.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (415.27)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (11.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (11.0.1)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 6.8p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 5.8p2 openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.1.1a 1.1.0g 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.0e 1.0.0c 1.0.0d openssl (1.1.1a)
perl (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 (5.28.1)
php (7.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.2)
plasma-desktop (5.15.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.15.1)
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.2)
postgresql (11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.2)
Python (3.7.2) 3.7.1 3.6.3 2.7.12 -- -- -- -- Python (3.7.2)
qt (5.12.1) 5.12.0 5.9.2 5.7.0 -- -- -- -- qt (5.12.1)
samba (4.9.4) 4.8.2 -- 4.5.1 -- -- -- -- samba (4.9.4)
systemd (241) 238 -- 231 219 204 194 -- systemd (241)
thunderbird (60.5.1) 52.7.0 52.4.0 45.4.0 -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.5.1)
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.19.5 1.18.4 -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.3)

Reader Ratings
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Version: 2018.12.22
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-21
Votes: 2


Great distro. All the power of Arch, but you can stay away from systemd since there is an OpenRC version, a portion AUR merged into the base group so you won't have to use an AUR helper on top of pacman anymore, fully free as in freedom.
It's also very useful how the flagship browser is IceCat, which for once is in the official repos. So no more headaches from having to choose between user.js on Firefox or having to compile Ungoogled-Chromium/Iridium/IceCat from AUR, when you want a non-spyware web browser.




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Version: 2018.06.11
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-12-24
Votes: 3


Installation is a chore with all these keyrings that are expired.
Installing xfce4 did not go as smooth as it should, need to tweak files to get it to start.
Screen on xorg is flickery.
Slow compared to Devuan.



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Version: 2017.11.05
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-02
Votes: 56


This is a great distro, fully free as freedom, with the choice to run OpenRC instead systemd, and very large repos only with free software. For me this is the best FSF approved distro.


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