[Assist] Parabola GNU/Linux-Libre

pelzflorian (Florian Pelz) pelzflorian at pelzflorian.de
Fri Aug 26 06:24:40 BST 2016

On 08/26/2016 04:28 AM, IngeGNUe wrote:
> On 08/25/2016 06:03 AM, dan klutmeyer wrote:
>> Hello I am a member of FFS among others and the reason for this email is received another email today asking I download the new add on. The add on sounds good but I know little about it. Also I have never tried the GNU/Linux OS mostly because my computer code skills are limited. I live in a small northern town in British Columbia Canada and if the install does not go well I am sure I can remove that but from what he had in an earlier email getting the GNU/Linux OS working with my Window !0 OS may require some extra steps. That email is likely long gone but even those instructions sounded like they may max my skills lol.
>> I have a few questions as well. Will my Windows OS still be usable at anytime when the GNU is enabled. OR does it not matter. Meaning no special skills required for the GNU OS except when coding. I would like to try it and certainly want to support it. Maybe might even get to talk with someone after 4- 5 months of fumbling around the open source. Todays email from Donald at FFS stressed the urgency and supplied the link here so I have no excuse for not trying.
>> This is me reaching out.
>> Thanks in advance Dan
>> BTW using my email is fine or if you send another way I will use it
> Hi Dan,
> I'm no authority, but generally speaking: Parabola GNU/Linux is one of
> the more difficult flavors of GNU/Linux to install and configure. That's
> because it is based off of Arch GNU/Linux, which is more for
> do-it-yourself types. If you're new to GNU/Linux, I suggest Trisquel
> GNU/Linux: https://trisquel.info which is more easy for beginners, both
> Windows and Mac users alike. As you learn more, you can "graduate" up to
> more challenging distros.
> IngeGNUe


Parabola GNU/Linux-libre can be used by beginners, however users are
expected to understand what they are doing. This means Parabola will
support users in understanding, but will generally require you to learn,
understand and configure the system yourself instead of making choices
for you. Parabola also is a rolling release distribution; that means it
will ship recently released software instead of waiting until it is
thoroughly tested – you may suffer from newly introduced bugs instead of
old bugs, but you get new features more quickly. For more details on
what you are getting yourself into with Parabola instead of e.g.
Trisquel and the differences with Arch, please see the Parabola wiki [1]
and the wiki for Arch GNU/Linux [2], which is the GNU/Linux distribution
Parabola is based on. In particular, see [3].

That said, for installing and using Parabola GNU/Linux, you should
follow the installation guide [4]. You should understand each step when
installing and it is much easier if you know somebody to ask for help in
person. When choosing a boot loader, GRUB 2 should be a sane choice.
Dual booting with Windows is described on [5] for Arch and should work
for Parabola too. After installation, you should learn how to use pacman.

Hopefully you’ll eventually find that you have no need for Windows anymore.

Florian Pelz

[1] https://wiki.parabola.nu/Main_Page
[2] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Main_Page
[3] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Help:Reading
[4] https://wiki.parabola.nu/Installation_Guide
[5] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dual_boot_with_Windows

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