Migration from the GNU/Linux distribution of Arch
Free your GNU/Linux distribution of Arch to Parabola GNU/Linux-libre!
1 Complete migration
1.1 Install Parabola keyring and mirror list
Disable signature verification manually by modifying the line in /etc/pacman.conf:
RemoteFileSigLevel = Never
Install keyring and mirror list for free repositories in /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist:
# pacman -U https://www.parabola.nu/packages/libre/any/parabola-keyring/download/ # pacman -U https://www.parabola.nu/packages/libre/any/pacman-mirrorlist/download/
Reenable signature verification in /etc/pacman.conf:
#RemoteFileSigLevel = Required
Rename mirrorlist.pacnew as mirrorlist:
# cp /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.pacnew /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
1.2 Replace Arch packages with Parabola ones
Add the [libre] repo before [core] in /etc/pacman.conf:
[libre] Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist [core] ...
Clean the pacman cache:
# pacman -Scc
Force the database sync:
# pacman -Syy
Update to libre packages:
# pacman -S pacman # pacman -Suu
Install your-freedom to remove nonfree packages that do not have libre replacements:
# pacman -S your-freedom
1.3 Update bootloader configuration
Please update either GRUB or Syslinux, but not both, as it would cause a kernel panic.
For grub regenerate your grub.cfg file running:
# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Manually change following lines in /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg to reflect change:
LABEL parabola MENU LABEL Parabola GNU/Linux-libre LINUX ../vmlinuz-linux-libre ... INITRD ../initramfs-linux-libre.img LABEL parabolafallback MENU LABEL Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Fallback LINUX ../vmlinuz-linux-libre ... INITRD ../initramfs-linux-libre-fallback.img
Alternatively you can remove the configuration file and reinstall syslinux.
1.4 Complete the migration
Restart your system - it should boot into Parabola.
2 After installation
Welcome, you are now in Parabola! Do you encounter some hardware not working after installing your-freedom? This most likely means that there's no free driver or firmware available for the device (check dmesg). It's common for Wi-Fi cards to require a firmware to be loaded into the card. Many cards doesn't work at all if the firmware is missing. The firmware is often proprietary, thus we don't distribute it. It's the case for almost any internal Wi-Fi card.
The usual fix to the problem is either to replace the card or use an external USB Wi-Fi dongle. You can buy one with Atheros chipset (eg. ath9k_htc for external USB dongle or ath9k for PCI and PCI-Express expansion slots) or RTL818x chipset (eg. rtl8187 for external USB dongle or rtl818x_pci for PCI and PCI-Express expansion slots) since there is a free firmware for these Wi-Fi adapters. You can also search the h-node database to find Wi-Fi adapters known to work well with free software or scripts/deblob-$ver to check Wi-Fi adapters included from wifi device blacklist known to doesn't work with free software due which contains blobs from within exploded Linux source trees.
If you find any trouble applying these instructions please report it on our Bug Tracker, or if you find a better way, edit this wiki article!