About Hyperbola

Hyperbola is a Free Software and Free Culture project aiming to provide a fully free as in freedom GNU/Linux operating system called Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre. It is a fully free long-term support distribution based on Arch snapshots and Debian development. Packages are optimized for i686 and x86_64 CPUs. The primary goal is to give the user complete control over their system with 100% free software, free culture, and security plus privacy.

Development is focused on a balance of simplicity, elegance, code-correctness and bleeding edge Free Software.

Why should you use Hyperbola?

Hyperbola offers stability, security, privacy and software freedom in addition to empowering the users. We combine GNU, ArchWay, Debian Stability and Init Freedom Campaign. This provides a Long Term Support (LTS) system that is simple to manage, simple to package, and simple to customize. You can build your own operating system in the way you want and learn a lot along the way.

Hyperbola is a new paradigm:

Hyperbola = Arch snapshots + Debian patches and development + GNU FSDG + Init Freedom Campaign + Privacy + LTS + Stability

GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG)

Hyperbola Project follow the GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG). Hyperbola contains its own social contract and packaging guidelines which are the commitment which Hyperbola makes to follow the philosophy of Free Software Movement.

Init Freedom Campaign

Hyperbola's objective is to support the Init Freedom Campaign. It is about restoring a sane approach to PID1, one that respects diversity and freedom of choice. Hyperbola refuses init systems that breaks portability, ignores backwards compatibility, and replaces existing services, forcing into adoption.


Hyperbola's objective is to support the privacy of its community, therefore all software in Hyperbola will be built and patched to be secure from global data surveillance revealed in the publication of Snowden's NSA documents, as well as additional hardened packages which remove lower level protocols that may cause privacy leaks, metadata/fingerprinting, and vulnerabilities.

Long Term Support (LTS)

Long Term Support (LTS) is a type of special versions or editions of software designed to be supported for a longer than normal period.

Unlike distributions such as Arch which are rolling release models, our goal is extend the period of software maintenance; it also alters the type and frequency of software updates (patches) to reduce the risk, expense, and disruption of software deployment, while promoting the dependability of the software.


Understand that the job of Hyperbola, independently of Freedom is, and always is, to produce a Stable version of Arch. The other releases are means to that end. You may find the other releases perfectly usable for whatever use you have for them.

Understand, however, that Testing is testing; things are expected to break from time to time. Testing is just what it says it is; it's for testing whether it works reliably prior to its release as a future Stable. You may well find Testing reliable enough, and in fact others have remarked that Hyperbola Testing is more reliable than some other distributions' Stable releases.

Corollaries to this in the commercial world are Development, Testing, and Production. In theory, businesses don't let anyone anywhere near their Production servers until they've proven their latest release isn't going to break anything which currently works, and whose new features or functionality have been documented to the business's satisfaction. This is what Hyperbola's Stable name means: that, once released, the operating system remains relatively unchanging over time.

YMMV. Caveat emptor. You get what you pay for. As the saying goes, "If it breaks, you get to keep both pieces". ;-)

Hyperbola is not a distribution based on Parabola

As is described in this entire page, Hyperbola is a fully free long-term support distribution based on Arch snapshots and Debian development, with special emphasis on stability, privacy, security and init freedom.

Hyperbola has forked some Parabola projects such as the blacklist, libretools and your-freedom, but it does not mean that Hyperbola is a distribution based on Parabola.

To summarize

Hyperbola is a fully free, stable, secure, versatile, simple and long-term support distribution designed to fit the needs of the competent user. It is both powerful and easy to manage, making it an ideal distro for servers and workstations. Take it in any direction you like. If you share this vision of what a distribution should be, then you are welcomed and encouraged to use it freely, get involved, and contribute to the community. Welcome to Hyperbola!