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GNU Guix 0.4 released
GNU Guix 0.4 released
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:17:42 +0200
Gnus/5.130007 (Ma Gnus v0.7) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)
We are pleased to celebrate GNU’s 30th anniversary with the release of
GNU Guix version 0.4, representing 300 commits by 5 people over 2
This release comes with a QEMU virtual machine image that demonstrates
preliminary work toward building a stand-alone GNU system with Guix.
The image uses the GNU Linux-Libre kernel and the GNU dmd init system.
It is console-only, and may be used primarily to try out Guix.
GNU Guix is a functional package manager and distribution of
the GNU system.
In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports
transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package
management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection. Guix uses
low-level mechanisms from the Nix package manager, with Guile Scheme
At this stage Guix can be used on top of an i686 or x86_64 GNU/Linux
system, or in a virtual machine. Future versions will stand alone.
Here are the compressed sources and QEMU virtual machine image, along
with GPG detached signatures[*]:
Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:
Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:
[*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
.sig suffix) is intact. First, be sure to download both the .sig file
and the corresponding tarball. Then, run a command like this:
gpg --verify guix-0.4.tar.gz.sig
If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:
gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys EA52ECF4
and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.
This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
Guix users can upgrade by running “guix pull”.
To use the virtual machine image, run QEMU like this:
qemu-system-x86_64 -m 256 -net nic,model=e1000 -net user \
This enables networking support, which is useful when using Guix
inside of it.
• Changes since version 0.3 (excerpt from the NEWS file)
** Package management
*** New ‘--list-generations’ and ‘--delete-generations’ options
The ‘guix package’ command has these two new options, which make it easier to
deal with a profile’s generation. See “Invoking guix package” in the manual.
*** New ‘guix-register’ program
This program allows the meta-data of a new store to be initialized, by
copying info from an existing store. It is mostly an internal tool.
** Programming interfaces
*** New API to bootstrap Autotools-based packages
The (guix build-system gnu) has a new ‘dist-package’ procedure that takes a
package object and source directory, and returns a new package object that
runs ‘./bootstrap && make dist’ or anything similar.
*** ‘derivation’ and related procedures have a #:references-graphs parameter
This parameter instructs the build daemon to populate the derivation’s build
tree with files containing the list of references of the given store files.
This is useful to write code that copies a packages and all its dependencies
to another storage device, such as a QEMU disk image.
*** Extended API to build a GNU system virtual machine image
The (gnu system vm) module has been augmented in many ways: the ‘qemu-image’
procedure can now populate and initialize the image’s store; the new
‘system-qemu-image’ procedure returns a QEMU image that runs dmd as its init
system, has ‘login’ running on several consoles, has a set of installed
packages, and where Guix can be used.
New (gnu system …) modules have been added to handle the configuration of the
various parts of a GNU/Linux system. For instance, (gnu system dmd) provides
support for instantiating dmd services; (gnu system linux) helps with Linux
PAM configuration; and so on.
*** <derivation> objects supersede .drv file names in the API
‘derivation’ and similar procedures no longer return two values (a
<derivation> and a .drv file name); they now return a single value, which is
a <derivation> object. The <derivation> object embeds the corresponding .drv
file name. See “Derivations” in the manual for details.
** GNU distribution
*** 60 new packages
apr, apr-util, cdparanoia, dbus-glib, dfc, dmd, dvdisaster, exiv2, fetchmail,
freefont-ttf, freeglut, geeqie, git, gkrellm, glu, gnome-doc-utils,
gst-plugins-base, gstreamer, guile-cairo, guile-lib, guile-xcb, guix, htop,
itstool, lame, libextractor, libmicrohttpd, lightning, lzip, mingetty, mutt,
net-base, net-tools, ocrad, pspp, python-babel, python-dateutil, python-pytz,
python-setuptools, python-simplejson, python-wrapper, python2-babel,
python2-dateutil, python2-mechanize, python2-pyicu, python2-pysqlite,
python2-pytz, python2-setuptools, python2-simplejson, qemu-system-initrd,
qemu-with-multiple-smb-shares, ripperx, shadow, ttf-bitstream-vera, units,
valgrind, xmlto, xnee, yasm
*** 27 package updates
bigloo 4.0b, cairo 1.12.16, ddrescue 1.17, fontconfig 2.10.93, fplll 4.0.4,
gcc 4.7.3, gcc 4.7.3, glibc 2.18, glibc 2.18, glibc-stripped-tarball 2.18,
gnupg 2.0.21, gnutls 3.2.4, guile 2.0.9, guile 2.0.9, harfbuzz 0.9.21,
imagemagick 6.8.6-9, libdrm 2.4.46, libgcrypt 1.5.3, libjpeg 9, libksba 1.3.0,
linux-libre 3.11, m4 1.4.17, mpfrcx 0.4.2, pari-gp 2.5.4, python 2.7.5, python
3.3.2, texlive 2013
*** Fontconfig font search path made more convenient
Fontconfig, the library used by many graphical applications, such as those
based on GTK+, now knows where to find the default set of fonts. Additional
fonts installed in the user profile are automatically picked up.
*** More GUI applications
The ‘emacs’ and ‘racket’ packages are now linked against GTK+. New GTK+
applications have been added (see above.)
*** Packaging guidelines
The documentation of packaging guidelines has been augmented. See the manual
under “GNU Distribution”.
*** Support for Python 3 along with Python 2
Python 3 has been added to the distribution, and Python packages that support
it are now built for both Python 2 and Python 3. See the “Python Modules”
section of the manual for details.
Updated translations: eo.
** Bugs fixed
*** Workarounds for Guile 2.0.5 now work on Debian derivatives
*** The dependency graph image has correct size in PDF output
*** 'ldd' now works correctly on x86_64
*** Xorg server test suite no longer fails (http://bugs.gnu.org/15392)
*** module-init-tools now builds (http://bugs.gnu.org/15182,
*** Hop 2.4 builds with newer Bigloo (http://bugs.gnu.org/15194)
Please report bugs to address@hidden
Join address@hidden for discussions.
Join the #guix channel of the Freenode IRC network on Sep. 28 and 29
for a celebration hackathon.
Happy birthday, GNU!
Ludovic, on behalf of the Guix team.
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