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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 3.5-TEST-1 Release Notes

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

What's New in 3.5-TEST-1?

Parsix GNU/Linux 3.5-TEST-1 (code name Frankie) is a brand new release that brings tons of updated packages and quality new features. ISO images will not fit on CD and a DVD is required to burn them. Frankie TEST-1 ISO images are compiled using SquashFS 4.0 with LZMA compression and for the first time we are using GRUB 2 as default boot loader on DVD. The kernel build system has been modified and improved vastly to produce better kernel packages. Our brand new with improved configuration is patched using the latest TuxOnIce? suspension/hibernation and Kon Kolivas's BFS performance patches. This version also represents our new experimental USB installer that enables users to run Parsix from USB keys and pen drives. Not forget to mention, Frankie has a brand new spicy look and feel. Parsix 3.5 default features: NetworkManager? 0.8 as default networking stack, updated and improved installer system , GRUB 2 boot loader and ext4 file system, brand new update-manager package, and X.Org 7.5. Highlights: GNOME 2.28.2, X.Org 7.5, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel 3.5.8, GParted 0.5.1, Pidgin 2.6.5, OpenOffice?.org 3.1.1, Compiz-Fusion 0.8.4 and, VirtualBox?-OSE 3.1.4.

Note: Due to vast amount of changes and new default features in this version, its highly recommended to do a update mode installation to update existing systems.

Updated Packages Main changes are:

  • Linux
  • GNOME 2.28.2
  • Xserver-xorg 1.7.5
  • GNU Iceweasel 3.5.8
  • OpenOffice?.org 3.1.1
  • Glibc 2.10.2
  • SquashFS+Lzma 4.0
  • GParted 0.5.1
  • Pidgin 2.6.5
  • GIMP 2.6.7
  • CompizFusion? 0.8.4
  • Synaptic 0.63.1
  • VirtualBox?-OSE 3.1.4
  • Exaile
  • VLC 1.0.4
  • xFarDic 0.11.7

Other Notable Changes in 3.5

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. Please note that ATI is not yet supporting X.Org 7.5. ATI drivers will be updated once they add support for X.Org 7.5.

X.Org 7.5 Changes

Parsix 3.5 ships a brand new X Server with a lot of improvmenets and updated drivers. Please consider the following notes:

  • From now on, we depend on X.Org's new autodetect - zero config file feature and the default /etc/X11/xorg.conf file will be empty. Parsix boot scripts still generate the traditional xorg.conf file with the new name of xorg.conf.parsix.generated in the same old /etc/X11 folder. If for some reason, X.Org autodetection fails on your system and you need to revert back to the original old state, just rename that file to xorg.conf and restart your GDM or X Server.
  • A new boot cheat code xconf has been implemented to boot using traditional xorg.conf file if the X automatic detection system is not working well on your system.
  • If you are upgrading from version 2.0 and older using apt-get, X Server / GDM might fail with an error. Please run the following command with root privileges to fix it:
$ ln -s /usr/bin/X11 /usr/X11R6/bin 

GRUB 2 Migration

All Parsix releases prior to Parsix 3.0-Test-2 are using GRUB 1 as their default boot loader. This boot loader will not be supported for Frankie. To migrate to GRUB 2, please read this forum post.

Important Notice About Parsix Repositories

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 Frankie, your default /etc/apt/sources.list file should look like this:

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

deb frankie main contrib non-free
deb-src frankie 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 3.5-TEST-1 DVD. Updating using the Parsix DVD 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 frankie main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
$ apt-get update && apt-get install distro-defaults
$ apt-get install parsix-kernel (parsix64-kernel on amd64 / parsix-kernel-bigmem on i386 systems with more than 4GB RAM)
$ reboot (Use the new kernel)
$ apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
$ dpkg -P `deborphan`
$ reboot

Note: Due to vast amount of changes and new default features in this version, its highly recommended to do a DVD update mode installation.

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