Welcome to the Hyperbola wiki!

What is 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 based on the packages of Arch plus security and stability patches of Debian, with packages optimized for i686 and x86_64 CPUs under a Long Term Support (LTS) way. Hyperbola aims to keep its package and management tools simple, stable and secure. The primary goal is to give the user complete control over their system with 100% free software, free culture, security, privacy, stability and init freedom.

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

Its lightweight and simple design makes it easy to extend and mold into whatever kind of system you're building.

See our About page for further details.

You can find us on irc, forums or mailing list.

As is described in this entire page, Hyperbola is a free (libre) system distribution aiming to replace Arch GNU/Linux completely. However, Hyperbola deviates from its base by aiming for compliance with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS), long-term support, stability, security, simplicity, privacy, and having release cycle similar to, and corrections/patches based on, Debian GNU/Linux.

However, contrary to common belief, Hyperbola's origin is not related to Parabola. In fact, Hyperbola started as a personal practice made by some Parabola developers in order to provide FHS compliance and predictable release cycle for their individual personal use, but the debates between Parabola and the original Hyperbola contributors didn't impact in the origin of Hyperbola.

General documentation

The Installation Guide will walk you through the process of downloading an ISO from our Repositories and installing Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre on your system.

If you are running Arch GNU/Linux or Parabola GNU/Linux-libre, migrating to Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre is as simple as reconfiguring pacman to use its repositories. See the Migration guides for Arch and Parabola for instructions.

Be sure to take a look at the Hyperbola Social Contract, it guides us in all we do.


Our frequently asked questions is to provide answers to questions often asked by users who moved to Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre from the Arch GNU/Linux and other GNU/Linux ones. It discusses issues caused by making the system completely free and doubts about the project. For explanation on technical details of the system look at Arch FAQ.

IRC Channels

The official Hyperbola channel is #hyperbola, hosted on Freenode.


This wiki article is based on ParabolaWiki.