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.

Beginning

The idea of Hyperbola was born in FISL17 (Porto Alegre, Brazil) when people encouraged coadde and Emulatorman to develop a fully free distribution based on Arch in combination with Debian level stability. Additional ideas such as building all packages from source instead of through a version control system, providing strong checksum (eg. SHA512) and signature verification, was inspired by Gaming4JC. In turn, this inspired Emulatorman to develop the Hyperbola Packaging Guidelines and make an organized distribution.

Official development of Hyperbola began by our founders on April 15th of 2017. The project launched its official IRC channel in Freenode and webserver (located in Bissen, Luxembourg) on Gandi. The site went live May 20th of 2017 and our first stable version on was released July 13th of 2017.

The origin of Hyperbola name

The name of Hyperbola was Crazytoon's idea. He was one of Hyperbola founders who had plans to develop Hyper Bola, a new modification of the Bola character adapted as the official mascot of Hyperbola. In mathematics, a hyperbola is an open curve with two branches - the intersection of a plane with both halves of a double cone. Since both terms produces a word play, Hyperbola was the chosen name by our founders.

Crazytoon passed away prior to the Hyper Bola mascot being completed, but coadde has continued its development and will release it soon.

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 principles + GNU FSDG + Init Freedom Campaign + Privacy + LTS + Stability

GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG)

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

Init Freedom Campaign

Our 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. We refuse init systems that breaks portability, ignores backwards compatibility, and replaces existing services, forcing into adoption.

Privacy

Our objective is to support the privacy of our community, it means we strive distribute all software to be secure from global data surveillance revealed in the publication of Snowden's NSA documents. We offer 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.

Stability

The job of Hyperbola, independently of Freedom is, and always is, to develop a Stable version of Arch. We release several versions prior to releasing the stable branch. The other releases are means to that end. You may find these 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 is 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 do not let anyone anywhere near their Production servers until they have proven their latest release is not 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 based on other distributions

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.

We support the Init Freedom Campaign made by Devuan and forked some Parabola projects such as the blacklist, libretools and your-freedom, however Hyperbola is not a distribution based on Devuan, Parabola, etc.

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!