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1 Please categorize the landing page

Can someone please add the Main Page and TOC to

category:non-English


so people find their native pages real quick? t.y. Y guy (talk) 17:18, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Done --Isacdaavid (talk) 20:45, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


2 Category

The main page should be in Category:Wiki one might think. Can a maintainer maybe look into it?

Done --Isacdaavid (talk) 20:45, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

3 Links

The following domains should use HTTPS instead of HTTP:

The link to the Arch FAQ has changed. In order to avoid a redirect please use this link.

Fturco (talk) 13:17, 4 November 2017 (UTC)


this is not a bug it is a feature :) http:// is more universal - all of the links on this page work with either http:// or https:// if the browser and network supports both - but in cases where either the browser or network does not support https:// then these links would be broken - there is no sensitive information at any of those sites, any browser that supports https:// also supports http://, and users can always choose to use a helper such as HTTPSEverywhere if that is what they want - so there is no need to place such a restriction - and on the contrary i would argue for this reason that any https:// links should be changed to http:// -- bill-auger (talk)

I strongly disagree. But I'm curious to see what other people think about this problem. Fturco (talk) 14:11, 4 November 2017 (UTC)
I disagree too, Bill. The fact that http:// wasn't used consistently throughout the page suggests that the original author only resorted to it when https:// wasn't available. HTTPS Everywhere isn't the blanket solution you imagine, since rules need to be explicitly written for each website; not to mention that the people behind HTTPS Everywhere (the EFF) are the very reason why sites such as freedomdefined.org can now offer valid SSL/TSL, and they would probably recommend against your suggestion. I think opt-out security is a more sensible default. If someone really needs to use the http:// versions, they are one small edit to the URL bar away from what they want. Perhaps there are helpers available that will automatically drop the 's' for them? --Isacdaavid (talk) 18:11, 4 November 2017 (UTC)
either way :) consistency is best - right now there are examples of both --bill-auger (talk) 10:17, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

4 Any official forums?

I am a free software theorist and advocate which I am active in our Trisquel forums, Trisquel is an GNU system like Parabola, but I cant get an official Parabola forum ... Continue using the Trisquel forums to get help for Parabola? But they know deb better than pacman. Also I am not yet signed up into the Hyperbola forums, due to the mailboxes issues, which I am still seeking for where to get official helps for Parabola issues.Hd scania (talk) 01:29, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

parabola has a bug tracker for bug reports and mailing lists for discussions - i think there is or will be a forum for hyperbola but hyperbola is a separate project from parabola
 * https://labs.parabola.nu/
 * https://lists.parabola.nu//mailman/listinfo/
I just want to add that there's also an IRC channel and a (low traffic) subreddit.--Isacdaavid (talk) 22:43, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

5 Are there any guides cloning my Parabola systems in different kernels?

I have been a keen Parabola user since the last early summer (Taipei), and at late November I have tried to have cloned my Parabola systems into different kernels, linux-libre-hardened, linux-libre-xtreme, linux-libre-pck, linux-libre-rt, linux-libre-lts-xtreme, linux-libre-lts-apparmor, linux-libre-lts-knock. However more often at least 2 of my Parabola systems are disconnected against NetworkManager and X.org server, so any useful guides tweaking configs specific to the above few different kernels? Hd scania (talk) 03:13, 5 December 2017 (UTC)

6 IRC

I improved the Template:Irc, could you fix it on the Main Page? --Ducker (talk) 15:34, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Who maintains the main page? We need a quick fix right away --AnarcoBuda (talk) 02:41, 27 November 2019 (UTC)

7 Non-english

The main page shouldn't be in Category:Non-English because it already in Category:Wiki and because Category:Non-English for links on i18n categories. Like Category:Українська or Category:Español and because main page writen in English. --Ducker (talk) 15:36, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

8 Policies WIP

This section is a work in progress before inclusion on the main page. Feel free to contribute to it.

8.1 How does Parabola protects users against nonfree software

Parabola follows the GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines. These criteria go beyond 100% free software: being 100% free software is often not enough to guarantee users freedom as users might still accidentally install nonfree software without realizing it. For instance Parabola has modified versions of Firefox (like Parabola's Iceweasel or Icecat) which make the addons repositories have only free software. Without that, some users might think that all the addons are fully free software and install them without realizing that there could be nonfree. Parabola also removes free software whose only goal is to install nonfree drivers.

As the Free System Distribution Guidelines states: "Most distribution development teams don't have the resources to exhaustively check that their distribution meet all these criteria. [...] So we expect distros to occasionally contain mistakes: nonfree software that slipped through, etc. [...] Our requirement is for the distribution developers to have a firm commitment to promptly correct any mistakes that are reported to them.". So if you find issues, you can report them to the Parabola bug reporting system at https://labs.parabola.nu/ .

Additionally Parabola also doesn't cover everything. For instance:

  • Your BIOS or UEFI, if they aren't provided by Parabola, might be nonfree. Also, peripherals like storage devices (Hard disks, SSD, microSD, USB keys, etc) contain a builtin nonfree firmware. Other peripherals like displays, keyboards, printers, and so on, may also contain nonfree software, depending on the specific peripheral. The FSF has a specification called Respects Your Freedom (RYF) for hardware to address that issue and list hardware that doesn't ship with nonfree software (with some exceptions, make sure to check the criteria). Also some computers like the Talos-II Mainboard don't support yet distributions that follows the Free System Distribution Guidelines (FSDG) guidelines, so make sure to also check about distributions support when getting hardware. Alternatively, as the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification only covers hardware being sold, you may also be able to build yourself similar computers with libreboot. The Libreboot documentation has information on compatibility (make sure to look at it before starting, else you might have bad surprises) and probably also has information on how to do that (Install Libreboot, change the WiFi card, check the battery, etc). As many ARM computers can boot with fully free software BIOS replacements like u-boot, and that such replacements are typically provided by GNU/Linux distributions, Parabola decided to only officially support ARM computers whose boot software is fully free. Make sure to check the ARM_Installation_Guide for details on which ARM computers are supported.
  • The web and the Internet also contain many software that don't follow the Free System Distribution Guidelines (FSDG) guidelines or are not free software at all: Many software project offer programs to download that are not free software. For instance Arch Linux on which Parabola is based has repositories with nonfree software. Some software like Firefox have addons repositories containing nonfree software. And there are even companies or individual distributing nonfree software. Finding out if every software available is free software or not, and if it respects the Free System Distribution Guidelines (FSDG) guidelines or not is out of the scope of Parabola, however Parabola still has some information on a subset of such software: it maintains a blacklist of known nonfree software in Arch Linux, and some of its packages are patched to not depend on nonfree software, or remove nonfree parts. In addition this wiki also sometimes has information about free software status for some software types, like emulators.
  • Many web pages include some JavaScript. With many browsers (like Firefox), that JavaScript is executed within the browser by default. While some of this JavaScript is free software, many isn't. And the fact that the code is in most browsers run automatically also raises some concerns because even if that code is free software, the way it's done forces users to run it, and doesn't leave users much practical freedoms (for instance the freedom to modify the JavaScript and run a modified version on the same page). The JavaScript Trap article has more details on this issue. In several browsers provided by Parabola (like Icecat), in the first start, users can choose if they wish to use the LibreJS addon to only run JavaScript labelled as free software, block all JavaScript, or run it all the JavaScript programs, including those which are not free software.

Still, Parabola also uses third party repositories: