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The Parabola Social Contract is the commitment that we, the Parabola
project, make to the libre software community in general and our users
in particular. It is because of this that our social contract will
always follow the philosophy of libre knowledge. All amendments to this
social contract must be faithful to the spirit of the [Free Software
1. **Parabola is libre software**: Products of the Parabola project
follow the [GNU Free System Distribution
They don't include or recommend proprietary software or
documentation and do not provide any type of support for their
installation or execution. This includes: proprietary software,
binary only firmware or binary blobs.
2. **Parabola and other distributions**: Parabola's objective is to
support the Free Software Movement, so we only need to compete
against non-libre software; other libre software projects are to be
cooperated with, not competed with. Parabola will strive to support
other libre software projects as best we can and any information
from our project will be available for anybody who needs it. That
includes our packages and repositories.
3. **Parabola and its community**: Our community is democratic in its
essence, so the community is included whenever there is a need to
make a decision. We encourage community participation in the
development of the project.
4. **Parabola and Arch Linux**: We will produce an operating system
that is a libre version of the GNU/Linux system "[Arch
Linux](http://www.archlinux.org/)" and possibly other
Arch-based systems. We will provide repositories and installation
media without any non-libre software. All Parabola operating systems
will be backward compatible with the system they are based on, as to
help liberate already working installations. We will respect the
design philosophies of the systems ours are based on, to reduce
friction from both developer and user viewpoints.