Parsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation DVD based on Debian. The Parsix project's 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. It is possible to install extra software packages from the projects's own APT repositories. The Parsix DVD can be run from an optical disc drive or other media, i.e. USB-stick, without using a hard disk drive. Initial versions of Parsix GNU/Linux were remastered using Kanotix. Parsix GNU/Linux comes with a desktop optimized, custom patched kernel. Parsix enables by default the "wonderland" repository, which contains proprietary software.
Parsix GNU/Linux is designed to be used as a Live CD, Live USB or installed operating system in to hard disk drive. Live mode is useful for operations such as data recovery, hard drive partitioning etc.
The first version of Parsix GNU/Linux was announced on February 2005 by Alan Baghumian. Seeking a more stable platform, the project started using Debian testing branch as of version 0.85. Starting with version 0.90, Parsix uses characters from the movie Happy Feet to name their releases. The project's own APT repositories were launched on February 2008. The multimedia (a.k.a. Wonderland) repository launched on September 2010. The Parsix project started to offer security updates for their stable and testing branches as of December 2010.