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1 About Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Release Images and Installers

Just as all software packages in the Parabola repositories, the Parabola GNU/Linux-libre release ISOs and tarballs are cryptographically signed by an official member of the Parabola Project. Checksums are also provided to quickly verify that the downloaded image itself is not corrupted; but the signature is most significant. Any of these files may be obtained from sources other than directly from the Parabola project servers. Only a valid trusted signature imples that they are received in the original state as provided by the Parabola project.

The signature can be verified by importing the "Signing Key" noted beside each release image. Verifying signatures is beyond the scope of this article; but the Parabola Developers and their signing keys are published on the main website.

Torrent downloads are recommended. A web-seed capable client is recommended for fastest download speeds. If you can spare the bytes, please leave the client open after your download is finished, so you can seed it back to others.

Notes on the different editions and variants:

  • The 'Net Install' ISOs are fully usable "live" operating systems for system recovery or for simply exploring a Parabola system before you install it. Installation from a 'Net Install' ISO requires an active connection to the internet.
  • The 'Complete' ISOs are equivalent to their 'Net Install' counterparts except that they contain everything necessary to install a complete Parabola system without a connection to the internet.
  • The 'CLI' and 'Talking' ISOs boot into a command-line environment and do not include an automated installer. Installation is entirely manual and so requires some basic familiarity with using the command-line. Installation from a 'CLI' ISO requires 1GB of disk space.
  • The 'LXDE' ISOs boot into the LXDE desktop environment and include the user-friendly calamares installer. Installation from a 'LXDE' ISO requires 9GB of disk space.
  • Parabola LXDE and the Parabola LXDE live environment requires 512MB RAM; but the graphical installer requires 1GB RAM (or swap space) to install. A command-line install script is included in the live user's home directory that can install the same full desktop or a command-line Parabola system on computers with less RAM.
  • All system installers perform a full standard clean chroot install. Unlike many distro installers, they will not reuse the frozen "Live" state; but will install a fresh pristine system just as one might do on the command line. The armv7 tarballs however, are not transient "Live" environments and do not include any installer. They are intended to be cloned bit-for-bit, directly to the target system main storage. This is not the idiomatic "archie-way" of installation; but they are more practical for installing to a typical hobby/dev board lacking in peripherals.

2 Migrating to Parabola from an existing Pacman-based Distro

If you are currently using another pacman-based distro (e.g. ArchLinux{,32,ARM}, Anteregos, Manjaro), there is no need to download an ISO image. Simply follow these instructions to set your running system "Free as in Freedom".


3 Release images for x86_64 and i686 architectures

The Parabola ISO images can be burned to a CD/DVD, written to a USB stick, booted directly from GRUB, or booted directly by a virtual machine (see the the installation guide). These are for new installations and use as a system rescue disc; an existing Parabola GNU/Linux-libre system can always be updated with pacman -Syu.

3.1 Parabola CLI Edition

3.1.1 Parabola OpenRC CLI ISO

Parabola OpenRC Edition GRUB screenshot
Parabola CLI Edition screenshot
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Alternative Live ISO image for installation and recovery, running OpenRC as its init. (Command-line only)
Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Packages Download Signature
openrc cli 32-bit (i686) Net Install ~400 MB i686 Torrent Magnet Web Signature
openrc cli 64-bit (x86_64) Net Install ~400 MB x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature
openrc cli Dual (i686 and x86_64) Complete ~1.4 GB i686 x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature


3.1.2 Parabola systemd CLI ISO

Parabola systemd Edition GRUB screenshot
Parabola CLI Edition screenshot
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Standard Live ISO image for installation and recovery. Command-line only.
Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Packages Download Signature
systemd cli 32-bit (i686) Net Install ~400 MB i686 Torrent Magnet Web Signature
systemd cli 64-bit (x86_64) Net Install ~400 MB x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature
systemd cli Dual (i686 and x86_64) Complete ~1.4 GB i686 x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature


3.1.3 TalkingParabola systemd CLI ISO

Parabola Talking Edition GRUB screenshot
Parabola CLI Edition screenshot
TalkingParabola is a derivative install ISO based on TalkingArch. It is a respin of the Parabola ISO modified to include speech and braille output for blind and visually impaired users. TalkingParabola retains all the features of the Parabola live images, but adds speech and braille packages to make it possible for blind and visually impaired users to install Parabola eyes-free. (Command-line only)
Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Packages Download Signature
systemd cli Dual (i686 and x86_64) Complete ~800 MB i686 x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature


3.2 Parabola Desktop Edition

3.2.1 Parabola OpenRC LXDE ISO

Parabola OpenRC Edition GRUB screenshot
Parabola OpenRC/LXDE Edition screenshot
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Alternative Live ISO image for installation and recovery, running OpenRC as its init. (OpenRC/LXDE Desktop Environment Edition)
Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Packages Download Signature
openrc lxde Dual (i686 and x86_64) Net Install ~2.0 GB i686 x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature


3.2.2 Parabola systemd LXDE ISO

Parabola systemd Edition GRUB screenshot
Parabola systemd/LXDE Edition screenshot
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Standard Live ISO image for installation and recovery. (systemd/LXDE Desktop Environment Edition)
Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Packages Download Signature
systemd lxde 32-bit (i686) Net Install ~900 MB i686 Torrent Magnet Web Signature
systemd lxde 64-bit (x86_64) Net Install ~1.0 GB x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature
systemd lxde Dual (i686 and x86_64) Complete ~3.3 GB i686 x86_64 Torrent Magnet Web Signature


4 Release tarballs for armv7h architecture

The Parabola-Arm release tarballs can be extracted directly to an SD-Card, or to a virtual machine image (see the the arm installation guide). Note that there is currently only a single configuration available. This may change in the future, if enough demand is expressed for other configurations.

4.1 Parabola CLI Edition

4.1.1 Parabola systemd CLI Tarball

Parabola systemd Edition GRUB screenshot
Parabola systemd/LXDE Edition screenshot
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre release tarball for the armv7h architecture. (Command-line only)
Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Packages Download Signature
systemd cli armv7h Tarball ~224 MB armv7h Torrent Magnet Web Signature


5 HTTP Mirrors

All of the current Parabola release images and software packages are duplicated on each of the official mirror sites listed below. If ever there is a problem with the download sources noted above or the packages manager, you should be able to get what you need manually from one of these mirrors.