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1 Migrating to Parabola from an existing Pacman-based GNU/Linux Distro

If you are currently using another pacman-based distro (e.g. ArchLinux, ArchLinux32, ArchARM, Anteregos, Manjaro), there is no need to download an ISO image. Simply follow these instructions to set your running system "Free as in Freedom".

2 Installing or trying Parabola from a LiveCD/DVD or USB memory stick

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. The ISOs are cryptographically signed to ensure that they are provided by the Parabola Project. The checksums can verify that the downloaded image itself is not corrupted. The signature can be verified by importing the Signing Key noted below. Of course you will need to trust the developer key, which is beyond the scope of this article but Parabola Developer Keys are published here.

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.

3 Systemd ISOs

3.1 Parabola CLI ISO

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Live ISO image for installation and recovery. Command-line only.
Kernel: 4.13.5-gnu
Signing Key: 0x5A8D4B40
Checksums: SHA512SUMS | WHIRLPOOLSUMS

Init System Architecture Packages File Size Download Signature
SystemD 32-bit (i686) net-install ~350MB Download Signature
SystemD 64-bit (x86_64) net-install ~400MB Download Signature
SystemD 32-bit (i686) complete ~650MB Download Signature
SystemD Dual (i686 and x86_64) complete ~1.3GB Download Signature

3.2 Parabola Mate ISO

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Format BitTorrent (recommended) Direct link (mirrors) Description
dual .torrent file Magnet link i686 and x86_64 Live ISO image for installation and recovery (with MATE Desktop Environment).
i686 and x86_64 i686 and x86_64


3.3 TalkingParabola CLI ISO

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TalkingParabola is a derivative install CD 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 image, but adds speech and braille packages to make it possible for blind and visually impaired users to install Parabola eyes-free.

Format BitTorrent (recommended) Direct link (mirrors) Description
dual .torrent file Magnet link i686 and x86_64 Live ISO image for installation and recovery (adapted for blind and visually impaired users).
i686 and x86_64 i686 and x86_64

4 OpenRC ISOs

4.1 Parabola CLI ISO

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Format BitTorrent (recommended) Direct link (mirrors) Description
dual .torrent file Magnet link i686 and x86_64 Live ISO image for installation and recovery, running OpenRC as its init.
i686 and x86_64 i686 and x86_64



4.2 Parabola LXDE ISO

Parabola-openrc-lxde-2017.11.05-dual.iso.png
Format BitTorrent (recommended) Direct link (mirrors) Description
dual .torrent file Magnet link i686 and x86_64 Live ISO image for installation and recovery, running OpenRC as its init (With LXDE desktop environment).
i686 and x86_64 i686 and x86_64

5 HTTP Mirrors

In addition to the links above, disc images can also be downloaded directly via HTTP from the mirror sites listed below. Please ensure the downloaded image is up-to-date and matches the checksum from the SHA512SUMS or WHIRLPOOLSUMS files in the same directory as the image. The ISOs are also cryptographically signed to ensure that they are provided by the Parabola project

Sites:

6 Preview/Beta Releases

This downloads section is an exhibit of new features, software, and desktop environments currently in the experimental/development phases. Theses are works in progress; but most normal functionality is expected to behave properly. After a period of beta testing, some of these will graduate to become Parabola's next standard releases. Please do try them out and report any bugs that you may find to the "Installation Media" bug tracker.

Init System Desktop Architecture Packages File Size Download Signature Checksum
Systemd LXDE 32-bit (i686) net-install ~900MB Download Signature SHA512SUMS
Systemd LXDE 64-bit (x86_64) net-install ~900MB Download Signature SHA512SUMS
Systemd LXDE 64-bit (x86_64) complete ~1.8GB Download Signature SHA512SUMS
Systemd LXDE Dual (i686 and x86_64) complete ~3.5GB Download Signature SHA512SUMS
OpenRC LXDE Dual (i686 and x86_64) net-install ~1.8GB Download Signature SHA512SUMS

Notes on the different editions and variants:

  • The 'net-install' ISOs are fully usable "live" operating systems for system recovery or to simply explore 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.
  • Installation from a 'lxde' ISO requires 9GB of disk space.


6.1 Parabola Systemd LXDE Edition

This is a beta preview release featuring the Calamares graphical installer which aims to be more user-friendly than previous editions of Parabola. It is a boot-able LiveCD/USB running the LXDE desktop environment; but note that the installer included with this edition will install a system that runs the Mate desktop environment, which will look somewhat differently than the live environment.

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.

Known Issues

  • During installation, there will be some long periods when progress-bar will not move. The length of these periods will be much longer with the 'net-install' ISOs. This is not a bug; just a missing feature. The low-level activity is currently shown in the 'pkexec' terminal that launches below the installer. -> FIXED
  • The locale selected in the installer only applies to the installer. The installed system will start in English/UTF-8.


6.2 Parabola OpenRC LXDE Edition

There is a beta preview release of the first Parabola's Live environment that boots with the OpenRC init system. This ISO runs the LXDE desktop environment. It includes an installation script that will install Parabola and the LXDE desktop environment with OpenRC. The beta releases include the Calamares graphical installer, which is still in testing.

Known Issues

  • The installation script has a bug that prevent the new system from starting the desktop. The system will boot into a command-line environment. It should be possible to install the system manually however. -> FIXED