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GNU Guix Package Manager Looks To Grow

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Published on 12 February 2014 02:35 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The GNU Guix package manager / distribution system is still active in development and the developers have planned a road-map to reaching version 1.0.

At FOSDEM earlier this month there was a presentation on GNU Guix by one of its lead developers, Ludovic Court├Ęs. Ludovic talked at length about Guix as the GNU's package manager and distribution that focuses upon being dependable, hackable, and liberating. Guix has been a GNU project since late 2012 and its most recent release, Guix 0.5, was released in mid-December.

Those unfamiliar with the Guix package management system / distribution can visit GNU.org. The Guix slides from FOSDEM this month are available in PDF form. Among the Guix presentation highlights were:

- Guix supports per-user and transactional package installation, transactional upgrades, rollback support, and other functionality. Guix is already considered a full-featured package manager and should be deployable on any Linux system. GNU Guix is mostly written in Scheme...

- The self-contained Guix distribution is up to 600+ packages and supports three platforms. The supported architectures right now are i686, x86_64, and mips64el.

- The road-map for GNU Guix 1.0 involves a simple installer ISO image, a real build farm for its package building infrastructure, and making more packages available. The new GNU Guix installer ISO is said to be coming real soon.

- GNU Guix developers are interested in feedback from those trying to deploy the software on their own distribution.

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