Parsix 4.0 Arrives with GNOME 3

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 14, 2012

Parsix is a wonderful distribution that offers a complete starter system with its own repositories while remaining compatible with Debian. Version 4 was just released and "brings tons of updated packages, faster live boot, improved installer system and quality new features."

The Parsix folks describe their system:

Parsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation DVD based on Debian. Our goal is to provide a ready to use, easy to install, desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment.

The most notable update for this release is its move to GNOME 3 (3.4.2). It ships with Linux 3.2.28 ("with TuxOnIce, BFS and other extra patches"), GCC 3.7.1, Xorg X Server 1.12.4. Also included is LibreOffice 3.5.4, Iceweasel 16.0.2, and GIMP 2.8.2. The release notes state that there is some new artwork "based on Metal X Shell Theme by justviper, Foresight GTK-2 theme engine by Og Maciel and, Faenza icon theme by tiheum." Those notes also state you'll have to install proprietary graphic drivers with APT and manually create an xorg.conf file.

Parsix has always been an attractive, if not flashy desktop system - utilitarian without being boring. This version retains its traditional look & feel while bringing a new desktop and artwork. The live DVD boots fast and performs well. This is one to test drive. Go get it here.