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Welcome to the Parabola wiki!

For a list of articles in this wiki check the Table of Contents.

1 What is Parabola?

Parabola is a Free Software and Free Culture project aiming to provide a fully freedom-respecting GNU+Linux distribution called Parabola GNU/Linux-libre.

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is based on packages from Arch Linux (Arch Linux is in fact a GNU/Linux distribution) and possibly other Arch-based systems, with packages available for i686, x86_64, and armv7h CPUs. Parabola aims to keep its package and management tools simple. The primary goal is to give the user complete control over their system with 100% Free Software and Free Culture. Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is listed by the Free Software Foundation as a fully Free Software distribution.

Development focuses on a balance of simplicity, elegance, code-correctness and bleeding edge Free Software.

Its lightweight and simple design makes it easy to extend and mold into whatever kind of system you're building.

You can find us on IRC, on the web forum, or on the mailing lists.

1.1 General documentation

The Installation Guide will walk you through the process of downloading an ISO and installing Parabola GNU/Linux-libre on your system. We have separate installation instructions for the armv7h and mips64el architectures.

If you are running Arch or some other Arch-based system, migrating to Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is as simple as reconfiguring pacman to use our repositories. See the Migration Guide for instructions.

Be sure to take a look at the Parabola Social Contract, it guides us in all we do.

In addition we have a How does Parabola protects users against nonfree software page to explain what Parabola protects against and what it doesn't protect against.

1.2 FAQ

Our frequently asked questions are there to provide answers to questions often asked by users who moved to Parabola from Arch or some other non-Free operating system. It discusses issues caused by making the system completely Free. For an explanation on technical details of the system look at Arch FAQ.

2 How to help

Parabola is made by volunteers.

See our How to help page for things you can do.