Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 5.0-TEST-1 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 5.0-TEST-1?
Parsix GNU/Linux 5.0 (code name Lombardo) brings lots of updated packages, improved installer system, systemd init system and other quality new features. This version has been synchronized with Debian Wheezy repositories as of May 23, 2013. Parsix Lombardo ships with GNOME 3.8 and LibreOffice productivity suit by default. Highlights: GNOME 3.8.2, X.Org 7.7, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel 21.0, GParted 0.12.1, Empathy 3.7.92, LibreOffice 3.5.4, VirtualBox 4.1.18 and a brand new kernel based on Linux 3.8.13 with TuxOnIce 3.3, BFS and other extra patches. Live DVD has been compressed using SquashFS and XZ.
Main changes are:
- Linux 3.8.13
- GNOME 3.8.2
- Xserver-xorg 1.12.4
- GNU Iceweasel 21.0
- Chromium Browser 25.0
- LibreOffice 3.5.4
- Glibc 2.13
- GParted 0.12.1
- Empathy 3.7.92
- GIMP 2.8.2
- Grisbi 0.8.9
- VirtualBox 4.1.18
- VLC 2.0.6
- xFarDic 0.11.7
Other Notable Changes in 5.0
- New artwork, based on Metal X Shell Theme by justviper, Foresight GTK-2 theme engine by Og Maciel and, Faenza icon theme by tiheum. Artwork has not been completed yet and is a work in progress.
- Updated Adobe flash player to 18.104.22.1685 (for 32 and 6b bit).
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 Lombardo, your default /etc/apt/sources.list file should look like this:
# Parsix deb http://packages.parsix.org/official lombardo main contrib non-free deb-src http://packages.parsix.org/official lombardo main contrib non-free deb http://packages.parsix.org/continent lombardo main contrib non-free deb-src http://packages.parsix.org/continent lombardo main contrib non-free deb http://packages.parsix.org/wonderland lombardo main non-free deb-src http://packages.parsix.org/wonderland lombardo main non-free deb http://security.parsix.org lombardo main contrib non-free deb-src http://security.parsix.org lombardo main contrib non-free
You can also use our secondary APT repositories at (Syncs every 12 hours):
# Parsix deb http://packages.us.parsix.org/official lombardo main contrib non-free deb-src http://packages.us.parsix.org/official lombardo main contrib non-free deb http://packages.us.parsix.org/continent lombardo main contrib non-free deb-src http://packages.us.parsix.org/continent lombardo main contrib non-free deb http://packages.us.parsix.org/wonderland lombardo main non-free deb-src http://packages.us.parsix.org/wonderland lombardo main non-free deb http://packages.us.parsix.org/security lombardo main non-free deb-src http://packages.us.parsix.org/security lombardo main non-free
Updating Existing Installations
Due to vast amount of updates and system changes, we highly recommend an update-install mode for existing version 4.0 and older installations.