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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5r0 Release Notes

Parsix GNU/Linux is a distribution designed for desktop and laptop computers but can be used as a live CD too. Parsix GNU/Linux is based on Debian and derived from KANOTIX. Parsix GNU/Linux contains the most common and needed applications for desktop/laptop users and always ships the most recent stable GNOME desktop.

What's New in 1.5r0?

Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5 (codename 'Viola') brings several new features, contains a new kernel, updated software packages and several fixes for the reported defects. This version is synchronized with Parsix and Debian testing repositories as of Jun 25, 2008. Several bugs have been solved (#86, #88, #90, #101, #102, #103, #105, #106, #108, #110, #118, #119, #122, #120, #124, #126, #128, #129), replaced GQView with gThumb image viewer, replaced Camorama with Cheese, re-added iptraf and nmap, removed SuperTUX and Qemu. Viola officially supports Compiz-Fusion, VirtualBox?-OSE and GNU Flash Player. Highlights: GNOME 2.22.2, X.Org 7.3, Linux kernel with CK, CVE-2008-1669 fix, TuxOnIce? 3.0-RC7, iwlwifi 1.2.23 with led support and powertop patches, updated several kernel drivers, OpenOffice?.org 2.4.0 and GNU Iceweasel 3.0 RC-2.

Updated Packages All packages have been synchronized with the Parsix and Debian repositories as June 25, 2008. Main changes are:

  • Linux
  • GNOME 2.22.2
  • X.Org 7.3
  • GNU Iceweasel 3.0 RC-2
  • OpenOffice?.org 2.4.0
  • Glibc 2.7
  • Pidgin 2.4.2
  • GIMP 2.4.6
  • Synaptic 0.62
  • Exaile 0.2.13
  • xFarDic 0.11.4

Other Notable Changes in 1.5

Important Notice About Parsix Reporitories

Ramon r1 introduced the continent apt reporitory along with the official supported Parsix repository. The Continent repository consists of the whole Debian testing archive minus the official Parsix repository packages. Note that the continent repository for Parsix Ramon is frozen now and will not receive updates from Debian except critical fixes. This is a new release policy to make Parsix more stable like approach. The Continent repository will be continued to be updated for the next Parsix release code name Viola and will be frozen before the final release of it, and so on. So if you like to keep your system more stable or want to do a upgrade to Viola using apt, please check your /etc/apt/sources.list file to contain similar lines to the following code:

# Parsix
deb viola main contrib non-free
deb-src viola main contrib non-free

deb viola main contrib non-free
deb-src viola main contrib non-free

# Debian Multimedia
deb testing main

Updating Existing Installations

Users with existing Parsix GNU/Linux installations can update their systems using APT or 1.5r0 CD-ROM. Updating using the Parsix CD-ROM deletes all additional installed packages. So users who have custom installed packages, should reinstall them after finishing the update process. A package diff file is saved to /root/diffpackages-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.txt that can be used to reinstall additional packages. Just use a command like the following to use the diff file, after rebooting to your new updated Parsix system:

$ apt-get update && apt-get install `cat /root/diffpackages-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.txt`

If you are planning to update your system using APT, use the following commands:

$ echo "deb viola main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
$ apt-get update && apt-get install distro-defaults
$ apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
$ apt-get install parsix-kernel (parsix64-kernel on amd64 / parsix-kernel-bigmem on i386 systems with more than 4GB RAM)
$ dpkg -P `deborphan`
$ reboot

Donation Service Launched

It is now possible to donate to Parsix GNU/Linux project. Donations will help us to move faster, make Parsix better and covers our costs like hosting and test hardware costs. Donations are highly appreciated. Click here to visit donation page.

Note for Intel Wireless 3945/4965 Users

If had trouble getting IP from the wireless network, try to add access point address to your network configuration. Use the following command to get the access point address:

$ iwlist wlan0 scan | grep Cell | awk 'BEGIN{FS="Address: "}{print $2}'

Note for nVidia/ATI Users

Now it's possible to install ATI and nVidia drivers and kernel modules from the Viola APT repository. For more information, please see ATI Drivers Howto and Nvidia Drivers HowTo.

Note for HSF/HCF Software Modem Users

Parsix GNU/Linux does not support HSF/HCF software modems anymore, so you need to manually download and install needed Debian driver packages from

Get involved

If you like Parsix, you can help us to make it better. You don't need to be a programmer to help us, even reporting bugs and testing new releases is a great help. Join to the Parsix GNU/Linux users mailing list today.

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