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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 2.0r0 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 testing 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 2.0r0?

Parsix GNU/Linux 2.0r0 (code name Boss Skua) is synchronized with Parsix and Debian lenny repositories as of March 10, 2009. This version contains a brand new kernel based on Linux with many extra patches and drivers, SquashFS+Lzma live CD compression upgraded to version 3.4, UnionFS is default for live CD mode, several bugs have been fixed and several packages have been updated. Highlights: GNOME 2.24.3, GNU Iceweasel 3.0.7, GParted 0.4.3, Pidgin 2.4.3 and OpenOffice?.org 2.4.1, Compiz-Fusion 0.7.8, VirtualBox?-OSE 2.1.4 with 64bit guest support, added BlackBerry? PDA support and GNU Flash Player 0.8.4.

Updated Packages Main changes are:

  • Linux
  • GNOME 2.24.3
  • X.Org 7.3
  • GNU Iceweasel 3.0.7
  • OpenOffice?.org 2.4.1
  • Glibc 2.7
  • SquashFS+Lzma 3.4
  • GParted 0.4.3
  • Pidgin 2.4.3
  • GIMP 2.4.7
  • CompizFusion? 0.7.8
  • Synaptic 0.62.5
  • VirtualBox?-OSE 2.1.4
  • Exaile 0.2.14
  • xFarDic 0.11.5

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Other Notable Changes in 2.0

  • New artwork, based on background credits goes to Eugene T and credits goes to Eric Matthews, credits goes to Tom Haste. Artwork is not finalized yet.
  • Brand new update-manager and update-notifier packages.
  • Added support for Totem and Rhythmbox as alternative media players.
  • Added support for NetworkManager?
  • Added support for BlackBerry? PDAs
  • Bigmem branch of kernel packages are available via APT repository.
  • Updated installer system (

Important Notice About Parsix Reporitories

Parsix GNU/Linux has two main repositories. The official repository contains packages officially maintained and built by the project and the Continent repository that is the whole Debian testing branch except packages covered by official repository. For Parsix Boss, your default /etc/apt/sources.list file should look like this:

%%(bash) # Parsix deb boss main contrib non-free deb-src boss main contrib non-free

deb boss main contrib non-free deb-src boss 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 2.0r0 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:

%%(bash)$ 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:

%%(bash) $ echo "deb boss 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 %%

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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:

%%(bash) $ 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

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