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DistroWatch.com: Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Last Update: 2017-05-28 23:57 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: 77 (164), 6 months: 93 (139), 3 months: 73 (154), 4 weeks: 106 (106), 1 week: 100 (90)

Average visitor rating: 7.5/10 from 2 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 --
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Download Mirrors https://parabola.nu/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://labs.parabola.nu/
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 • 2016-07-29: Distribution Release: Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 2016.07.27
 • 2012-10-29: Distribution Release: Parabola GNU/Linux 2012.10.17
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Feature 2017.05.28 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
Release Date 2017-05-28 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
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop MATE MATE -- -- -- --
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Office Suite GOffice GOffice -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
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, es, gl, pt_BR en, es, gl, pt_BR en en en en
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2017.05.28 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
Package 2017.05.28 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 (1.1.4.1) 1.1.4 1.1.2 -- -- -- --
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2
bind (9.11.1-P1) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.115) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.2 4.2.5-P1 4.2.4-P1 4.2.1-P1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.41.14
firefox (54.0) 53.0.3 49.0 -- -- -- --
freetype (2.8) 2.8 2.7 -- -- 2.4.10 --
gcc (7.1.0) -- 6.2.1 -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.24 2.21 2.18 2.16.0 2.14
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.34 1.12.32 -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.16) 2.24.31 2.24.31 -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.26) 2.4.25 2.4.23 -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 24 23 20 15 10 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.3.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.11.7) 4.10.16 4.8.6 4.0.1 3.10.10 3.6.2 3.0.4
Package 2017.05.28 2016.11.03 2015.05.01 2013.09.01 2012.10.17 2011.09.01
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.16.1 -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.3) 17.0.4 13.0.0 -- -- -- --
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1 6.8p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 5.8p2
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.0e 1.0.0c 1.0.0d
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.24.0 5.20.2 5.18.1 5.16.1 5.14.1
php (7.1.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.12 -- -- -- --
qt (5.9.0) 5.8.0 5.7.0 -- -- -- --
samba (4.6.5) 4.5.10 4.5.1 -- -- -- --
systemd (233) 232 231 219 204 194 --
thunderbird (52.2.1) 52.1.1 45.4.0 -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.18.4 -- -- -- --

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Version: 2016.11.03
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-08
Votes: 15


Advantages: Large amount of Free Software packages available, fully free according to the Free Software Foundation, stable, rolling release.

Disadvantages: Parabola does not offer any non-free software, so you must make sure your not dependent on that. Parabola does not have all software in their own repo's. Arch's repo's need to be enabled.

Personal experience: I've distrohopped for 3 years. Parabola stopped this habit, because it has everything I want.

Use case: I mainly use my computer for web-browsing, programming and watching video's.

Setup: I run the Awesome Window Manager with custom scripts to boost my efficiency.


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Version: 2016.11.03
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-04-01
Votes: 3


I followed the recommendations of the Free Software Foundation which lists the following GNU/Linux distributions as free according to their definition of freedom: blag, Dragora, dyne:bolic, gNewSense, GuixSD, Musix, Parabola, Trisquel and Uto Ututo. I tried most of them. I even bought computers pre-installed with Trisquel from ThinkPenguin and The Ministry of Freedom (minifree.org). I was able to install the version of Parabola GNU/Linux which includes the Mate desktop. It works fine but the amount of data for the updates is very high. I estimate that there are about 100 MB to download every day with th all the packages I have installed.
I wish I were more competent to install just the Parabola base install and then just the i3 tiling window manager, emacs, w3m, lynx, surfraw, mpd, mpc, gnuplot, matplotlib, python, ...


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