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DistroWatch.com: Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Last Update: 2017-11-06 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: 86 (139), 6 months: 84 (136), 3 months: 70 (173), 4 weeks: 95 (128), 1 week: 94 (106)

Average visitor rating: 7.67/10 from 6 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 LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://wiki.parabola.nu/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://parabola.nu/download/LinuxTracker.org
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:
 •2017-11-14 Parabola keeps 32-bit alive
 •2017-10-19 Parabola makes OpenRC spin
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Feature 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
Release Date 2017-11-05 2016-11-03 2015-05-01 2013-09-11 2012-10-17 2011-09-01
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 770-1896          
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop LXDE MATE -- -- -- --
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite GOffice GOffice -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd OpenRC systemd systemd systemd SysV
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
Multilingual en, eo, es, fr, gl, it, pl, pt_BR en, es, gl, pt_BR en en en en
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
Package 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 -- -- -- --
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.84) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.6 4.3.5 4.3.2 4.2.5-P1 4.2.4-P1 4.2.1-P1
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.41.14
firefox (57.0.2) 56.0.2 49.0 -- -- -- --
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8.1 2.7 -- -- 2.4.10 --
gcc (7.2.0) -- 6.2.1 -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.26 2.24 2.21 2.18 2.16.0 2.14
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.37) 1.12.34 1.12.32 -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.26) 2.24.31 2.24.31 -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.29) -- 2.4.23 -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 24 23 20 15 10 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.14.6) 4.13.11 4.8.6 4.0.1 3.10.10 3.6.2 3.0.4
Package 2017.11.05 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.11) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.16.1 -- -- -- --
mesa (17.3.0) 17.2.3 13.0.0 -- -- -- --
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 7.3p1 6.8p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 5.8p2
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.1.0g 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.0e 1.0.0c 1.0.0d
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 5.24.0 5.20.2 5.18.1 5.16.1 5.14.1
php (7.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 3.6.3 2.7.12 -- -- -- --
qt (5.10.0) 5.9.2 5.7.0 -- -- -- --
samba (4.7.3) -- 4.5.1 -- -- -- --
systemd (236) -- 231 219 204 194 --
thunderbird (52.5.0) 52.4.0 45.4.0 -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
vlc (2.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.19.5 1.18.4 -- -- -- --

Reader Ratings
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7.7
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Version: 2017.05.28
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-22
Votes: 8


I use it with i3, and it's great. Switched from arch and I can't believe I didn't have to sacrifice anything to go completely free.
Haven't use another distro since. If you like Arch or arch-like operating systems then I'd definitely give this a try.


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Version: 2017.05.28
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-10-03
Votes: 3


The recent release of MATE liveCD has a bug , the characters can’t be normally displayed . So the developers deleted the MATE liveCD , I hope you can fix the bug and re-upload it


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Version: 2017.05.28
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-09-11
Votes: 0



I tried it in Virtualbox. did not install properlly. impossible to boot.
Tried many options and feal the instalation in VMs is not working. May be a driver or something related to install scripts
maybe it's too much extremist and not allow drivers from Virtualbox ?



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