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Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15r1 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 stable 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 stable branch.

What's New in 8.15?

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 (code name Nev) ships with stable GNOME 3.22 desktop environment and an updated kernel. This version fixes a regression with Intel HD graphics driver and Skylake and newer family of chips, comes with an updated kernel and several package updates. It has been synchronized with Debian Jessie repositories as of February 12 2017. Parsix Nev ships with LibreOffice 4.3.3 productivity suit by default. Highlights: GNOME Shell 3.22.2, GRUB 2, Firefox 51.0.1, GParted 0.19.0, Empathy 3.12.12, LibreOffice 4.3.3, VirtualBox 4.3.36 and an updated kernel based on Linux 4.4.48 with TuxOnIce, BFS and other extra patches. Live DVD has been compressed using SquashFS and XZ.

Updated Packages

Main changes are:

  • Linux 4.4.48
  • GNOME Shell 3.22.2
  • Xserver-X.Org 1.16.4
  • Firefox 51.0.1
  • Chromium Browser 56.0
  • LibreOffice 4.3.3
  • Glibc 2.19
  • GParted 0.19.0
  • Empathy 3.12.12
  • GIMP 2.8.14
  • Grisbi 1.0.1
  • VirtualBox 4.3.36
  • VLC 2.2.1

Other Notable Changes in 8.15

Note for nVidia and ATI/AMD Users

You can download and install nVidia (340.96) and ATI/AMD (15.12) precompiled drivers and kernel modules from the APT repository. If you are using an ATI/AMD graphic chip and have stability issues with GNOME Shell, use the non-free drivers. nVidia-legacy 173xx and 96xx series cards are not supported anymore and, users of those cards should switch to Nouveau open source driver. nVidia 304xx series cards also became legacy and precompiled drivers and kernel modules (304.131) are avaialble to download from our APT repository. For more information, please see ATI Drivers Howto and Nvidia Drivers HowTo.


Our 64 bit edition DVD and USB images support UEFI boot and installation.

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

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

deb nev main contrib non-free
deb-src nev main contrib non-free

deb nev main non-free
deb-src nev main non-free

deb nev main contrib non-free
deb-src nev main contrib non-free

Updating Existing Installations

It is possible to use apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade existing version 8.10 installations. Please make sure your 8.10 installation is fully updated before upgrading to 8.15. For older versions, run the installer in update mode to upgrade.