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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r0-TEST-3 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 3.7r0-TEST-3?

This is the third and last official testing release of Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7 series and is being released after several months of testing and development. Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7 (code name Raul) release brings tons of updated packages, faster live boot and quality new features. This version has been synchronized with Debian testing repositories as of Feb 7, 2011 and brings lot of updated packages compared to Parsix 3.6 aka Vinnie. Parsix DVD images are compiled using SquashFS 4.0 with LZMA compression. Our brand new Linux based kernel with improved configuration is patched using TuxOnIce 3.2 suspension/hibernation, Kon Kolivas's BFS and extra hardware support patches. For the first time we are including certain drivers from kernel's staging tree including the new experimental nouveau graphics diver for nVidia chips. Updated installer provides even simpler interface and enables installing Parsix on existing software RAID partitions. Some changes have been made to the default applications stack: Parsix is now being shipped with XBMC media center, Adidemux video editor, Remmina replaces Tsclient and Exile is no longer shipped with the ISOs. Parsix Raul has a brand new light and fast look and feel. Parsix 3.7 default features: NetworkManager 0.8.1 as default networking stack, GRUB 2 boot loader and ext4 file system, and X.Org 7.5. Highlights: GNOME 2.32.1, X.Org 7.5, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel 5.0, GParted 0.8.1, Empathy 2.30.3, 3.2.1, Compiz-Fusion 0.8.4 and, VirtualBox-OSE 4.0.4. Please note that Raul is also covered by security updates.

Updated Packages

Main changes are:

  • Linux
  • GNOME 2.32.1
  • Xserver-xorg 1.7.7
  • GNU Iceweasel 5.0
  • Chromium Browser 11.0.696.71
  • 3.2.1
  • Glibc 2.11.2
  • SquashFS+Lzma 4.0
  • GParted 0.8.1
  • Empathy 2.30.3
  • GIMP 2.6.8
  • CompizFusion 0.8.4
  • Synaptic 0.70.1
  • VirtualBox-OSE 4.0.4
  • VLC 1.1.3
  • xFarDic 0.11.7

Other Notable Changes in 3.7

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.

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

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

deb raul main contrib non-free
deb-src raul main contrib non-free

deb raul main non-free
deb-src raul main non-free

deb raul main contrib non-free
deb-src raul main contrib non-free

Updating Existing Installations

Users with existing Parsix GNU/Linux installations can update their systems using APT or 3.7 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

Reporting Issues

If you have any issues with this new release of Parsix GNU/Linux, please report it on the issue tracker system or open a topic on the community support forums. Thank You.