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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 3.6r2 Release Notes

Parsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation DVD based on Debian. Our goal is to provide a ready to use, easy to install, desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment. Also it is possible to install extra software packages from Parsix APT repositories. Our annual release cycle consists of two major and four minor versions. We have our own software repositories and build servers to build and provide all the necessary updates and missing features in Debian testing branch.

What's New in 3.6r2?

This is the second update release of Parsix GNU/Linux 3.6 series and merges all the published security and technical fixes into an updated set of ISO images. Parsix GNU/Linux 3.6 (code name Vinnie) release brings tons of updated packages, faster live boot and quality new features. This version has been synchronized with Debian testing repositories as of July 1, 2010 and brings lot of updated packages compared to Parsix 3.5 aka Frankie. Now we have a snapshot of Debian Multimedia repository called Wonderland. Vinnie ISO images will not fit on CD and a DVD is required to burn them. These images are compiled using SquashFS 4.0 with LZMA compression. We are using Isolinux as CD/DVD boot loader again. Our updated Linux kernel with improved configuration is patched using TuxOnIce suspension/hibernation and Kon Kolivas's BFS patches. This version also ships our new experimental USB installer that enables users to run Parsix from USB keys and pen drives. Parsix Vinnie has a brand new light look and feel. Parsix 3.6 default features: NetworkManager 0.8.1 as default networking stack, GRUB 2 boot loader and ext4 file system, brand new update-manager package, and X.Org 7.5. Highlights: GNOME 2.30.2, X.Org 7.5, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel 3.5.18, GParted 0.6.2, Empathy, 3.2.1, Compiz-Fusion 0.8.4 and, VirtualBox-OSE 3.2.6. Parsix project now offers security updates.

Updated Packages

Main changes are:

  • Linux
  • GNOME 2.30.2
  • Xserver-xorg 1.7.7
  • GNU Iceweasel 3.5.18
  • Chromium Browser 10.0.648.204
  • 3.2.1
  • Glibc 2.11.2
  • !SquashFS+Lzma 4.0
  • GParted 0.6.2
  • Empathy
  • GIMP 2.6.8
  • CompizFusion 0.8.4
  • Synaptic 0.63.1
  • VirtualBox-OSE 3.2.6
  • Exaile
  • VLC 1.0.6
  • xFarDic 0.11.7

Other Notable Changes in 3.6

Note for nVidia/ATI Users

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

X.Org Changes

Parsix 3.6 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.

Important Notice About Parsix Repositories

Parsix GNU/Linux has four main software repositories:

  • Official: This repository contains packages officially maintained and built by the project
  • Continent: This repository is a snapshot of Debian testing branch except packages covered by official repository
  • Wonderland: This repository is a snapshot of Debian Multimedia repository
  • Security: All security updates are being uploaded to this repository

For Parsix Vinnie, your default /etc/apt/sources.list file should look like this:

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

deb vinnie main contrib non-free
deb-src vinnie main contrib non-free

deb vinnie main non-free
deb-src vinnie main non-free

deb vinnie main contrib non-free
deb-src vinnie main contrib non-free

Updating Existing Installations

Users with existing Parsix GNU/Linux installations can update their systems using APT or 3.6r1 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, update your /etc/apt/sources.list and use the following commands:

$ 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
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