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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 2.0r0-TEST-2 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-TEST-2?

Parsix GNU/Linux 2.0r0-TEST-2 is the second testing version of the brand new release, 2.0 code name Boss Skua. Parsix Boss r0-TEST-2 is synchronized with Parsix and Debian testing repositories as of January 31st, 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 3.0.6, GParted 0.4.2, Pidgin 2.4.3 and OpenOffice?.org 2.4.1, Compiz-Fusion 0.7.8, VirtualBox?-OSE 2.1.2 with 64bit guest support, added BlackBerry? PDA support and GNU Flash Player 0.8.4.

Updated Packages All packages have been synchronized with the Parsix and Debian repositories as January 31st, 2009. Main changes are:

  • Linux
  • GNOME 2.24.3
  • X.Org 7.3
  • GNU Iceweasel 3.0.6
  • OpenOffice?.org 2.4.1
  • Glibc 2.7
  • SquashFS+Lzma 3.4
  • GParted 0.4.2
  • Pidgin 2.4.3
  • GIMP 2.4.7
  • CompizFusion? 0.7.8
  • Synaptic 0.62.5
  • VirtualBox?-OSE 2.1.2
  • Exaile 0.2.14
  • xFarDic 0.11.4

Other Notable Changes in 2.0

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:

# 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-TEST-2 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 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

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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