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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0r1 Release Notes

Parsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation DVD based on Debian. Our goal is to provide a ready to use and easy to install desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment. Users can easily 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 4.0r1?

Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0 (code name Gloria) brings tons of updated packages, faster live boot, improved installer system and quality new features. The updated 4.0r1 version has been synchronized with Debian testing repositories as of December 29, 2012 and brings lot of updated packages compared to Parsix 3.7 aka Raul. Parsix Gloria is project's first release with GNOME 3 series and ships with LibreOffice productivity suit by default. Gloria has a brand new software manager package. Highlights: GNOME 3.4.2, X.Org 7.7, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel 17.0.1, GParted 0.12.1, Empathy 3.4.2.3, LibreOffice 3.5.4, VirtualBox 4.1.18 and a brand new kernel based on Linux 3.2.35 with TuxOnIce 3.3, BFS and other extra patches. Live DVD has been compressed using SquashFS and XZ.

Updated Packages

Main changes are:

  • Linux 3.2.35
  • GNOME 3.4.2
  • Xserver-xorg 1.12.4
  • GNU Iceweasel 17.0.1
  • Chromium Browser 22.0
  • LibreOffice 3.5.4
  • Glibc 2.13
  • GParted 0.12.1
  • Empathy 3.4.2.3
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • Grisbi 0.8.9
  • VirtualBox 4.1.18
  • VLC 2.0.5
  • xFarDic 0.11.7

Other Notable Changes in 4.0

Note for nVidia/ATI Users

Now it's possible to install ATI, nVidia and nVidia-legacy (173xx and 96xx series) 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 Gloria, your default /etc/apt/sources.list file should look like this:

# Parsix
deb http://packages.parsix.org/official gloria main contrib non-free
deb-src http://packages.parsix.org/official gloria main contrib non-free

deb http://packages.parsix.org/continent gloria main contrib non-free
deb-src http://packages.parsix.org/continent gloria main contrib non-free

deb http://packages.parsix.org/wonderland gloria main non-free
deb-src http://packages.parsix.org/wonderland gloria main non-free

deb http://security.parsix.org gloria main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.parsix.org gloria main contrib non-free

Updating Existing Installations

Due to vast amount of updates and system changes, the only proper way to upgrade your existing installation to Gloria would be doing an update mode installation.