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GNU Guix 0.6 released

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: GNU Guix 0.6 released
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:29:25 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130007 (Ma Gnus v0.7) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

We are pleased to announce the release of GNU Guix version 0.6,
representing 597 commits by 16 people over 4 months.

This release comes with an updated QEMU virtual machine image that shows
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,
and runs X11.  It may be used primarily to try out Guix and dmd.

• About

  GNU Guix is the functional package manager for 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
  programming interfaces.

  At this stage Guix can be used on top of an i686, x86_64, or mips64el
  GNU/Linux system, or in a virtual machine.  Future versions will
  stand alone.

• Download

  Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:

  Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

  Here are the SHA1 checksums:

  2428bcf16051d8ac78d35285d947e583cd90c61a  guix-0.6.tar.gz
  6dd9d1b4964ab6fa49ee6d49d826da6b7e2d99d3  gnu-system-demo-0.6.qcow2.xz

  [*] 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-0.6.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 --recv-keys EA52ECF4

  and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

  This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
    Autoconf 2.69
    Automake 1.14.1
    Makeinfo 5.2

  To use the virtual machine image, run QEMU like this:

    qemu-system-x86_64 -enable-kvm -m 1024 -net nic,model=e1000 \
         -net user gnu-system-demo-0.5.qcow2

  This enables networking support, which is useful when using Guix
  inside of it.

• Changes since version 0.5 (excerpt from the NEWS file)

  ** Package management
  *** Default store directory changed to /gnu/store

  Although it is still possible to configure Guix to use the old store
  directory, we recommend that you start with a fresh install to /gnu/store.

  *** Substitutes from must now be signed and authorized
  *** Support for offloading builds to other Guix machines over SSH
  *** New ‘guix archive’ command
  *** New ‘guix system’ command; it can currently build VM images
  *** ‘guix package’ accepts several arguments after -i, -r, and -u
  *** Updating a profile with ‘guix package’ is now noticeably faster
  *** ‘guix build’ can override a package’s source with the new ‘--with-source’
  *** ‘guix build’ has a new ‘--no-build-hook’ option
  *** ‘guix’ commands that build packages have a common set of options
  *** ‘guix hash’ has a new ‘--recursive’ option
  *** Daemon no longer bind-mounts the host’s /dev (improves reproducibility)

  ** Programming interfaces
  *** New (guix pk-crypto) and (guix pki) modules for public key cryptography
  *** New #:local-build? parameter for derivations that shouldn’t be offloaded
  *** (gnu system vm) has procedures to build VMs that share the host’s store
  *** New ‘text-file*’ procedure in (guix monads)
  *** System service definitions are now provided by the (guix services) modules
  *** New X and SLiM services in (gnu services xorg)
  *** New (guix git-download) and (guix svn-download) for git/svn checkouts

  ** GNU distribution
  *** 91 new packages

  a2ps, asciidoc, aspell-dict-en, aspell-dict-eo, aspell-dict-es,
  aspell-dict-fr, aumix, bitlbee, bogofilter, boost, calcurse, clusterssh,
  corkscrew, cursynth, docbook-xml, docbook-xsl, elfutils, enscript, fftwf,
  fltk, fuse, gcc-toolchain, giflib, glade, gmime, gnome-desktop, gnubg, gnubik,
  gnumach-headers, gnunet, gnuplot, gnurl, gphoto2, gtkglext, guile-json,
  guile-reader-for-guile_2.0.11, gxmessage, hdf5, hurd-headers, inkscape, iotop,
  isc-dhcp, iso-codes, jnettop, libatomic-ops, libexif, libgphoto2, libmpcdec,
  libmpdclient, libotr, libpcap, libpeas, libpipeline, libtirpc, libwebsockets,
  ltrace, luajit, lynx, man-db, mc, mig, miniupnpc, moe, mpc123, mpd, ncdc,
  ncdu, ncmpc, neon, neon, octave, opus, paperkey, patchutils, perl-tk,
  perl-x11-protocol, pinentry, python2-element-tree, python2-pybugz, quilt,
  source-highlight, stalonetray, trueprint, ttf-dejavu, unionfs-fuse,
  unionfs-fuse-static, uucp, vera, windowmaker, xapian, xterm

  *** 90 package updates

  apl-1.3, autoconf-2.68, automake-1.14.1, bash-4.3, bash-light-4.3,
  bigloo-4.1a, binutils-2.24, binutils-static-stripped-tarball-2.24,
  coreutils-8.22, curl-7.35.0, ed-1.10, ffmpeg-2.1.4, file-5.18, freeipmi-1.4.1,
  gcc-4.8.2, gcc-4.8.2, gdb-7.7, gdbm-1.11, gettext-, glib-2.39.1,
  glibc-2.19, glibc-stripped-tarball-2.19, global-6.2.12, glpk-4.54,
  gnu-pw-mgr-1.2, gnupg-1.4.16, gnutls-3.2.12, gp2c-0.0.8pl1, grep-2.18,
  gst-plugins-base-0.10.36, gstreamer-1.0.10, gtk+-3.10.1, gtkmm-2.24.2,
  guile-2.0.11, guile-ssh-0.6.0, guile-static-stripped-tarball-2.0.11,
  guile-wm-1.0, guile-xcb-1.3, guix-0.5, help2man-1.45.1, icu4c-52.1,
  imagemagick-6.8.8-10, inetutils-1.9.2, lapack-3.5.0, libcdio-0.92,
  libdrm-2.4.46, libextractor-1.3, libgc-7.2e, libgc-7.4.0, libgcrypt-1.6.1,
  libjpeg-9, libmicrohttpd-0.9.34, libssh-0.6.3, libtasn1-3.4, lightning-2.0.3,
  linux-libre-3.13.7, mpc-1.0.2, mutt-1.5.23, net-base-5.2, ocrad-0.23,
  openssh-6.6p1, openssl-1.0.1g, parallel-20140322, pari-gp-2.7.0, pspp-0.8.2,
  pulseaudio-5.0, python-2.7.6, python-3.3.5, python-wrapper-3.3.5,
  python2-pysqlite-2.6.3a, qemu-1.7.1, qemu-headless-1.7.1,
  qemu-with-multiple-smb-shares-1.7.1, qt-4.8.5, qt-5.2.0, readline-6.3,
  recutils-1.7, slim-1.3.6, sqlite-, subversion-1.7.14, texinfo-4.13a,
  tor-, tzdata-2014a, units-2.11, valgrind-3.9.0, vim-7.4, wget-1.15,
  xnee-3.18, xorriso-1.3.6.pl01, zile-2.4.11

  *** New ‘gcc-toolchain’ meta-package, makes it easy to install a GCC tool 
  *** libc’s Info manual is now installed
  *** Binutils is built with --enable-deterministic-archives
  *** Packages that populated man/man* now populate share/man/man*
  *** Many other packaging improvements

  ** Bugs fixed
  *** ‘guix pull’ consumes less memory, compiles in parallel
  *** ‘guix package --list-*’ gracefully handles EPIPE when used in a pipeline
  *** ‘guix package’ handles collisions between a symlink and a directory
  *** HTTP downloads provide a ‘User-Agent’ field (
  *** ‘guix package’ no longer shows misleading installed package number
  *** Manual suggests ‘useradd --system’ (
  *** Python is built with ctypes support (
  *** HTTP/TLS connection not terminated properly (
  *** Gracefully handle poorly behaved HTTP servers (

Please report bugs to address@hidden
Join address@hidden and #guix on Freenode for discussions.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release:

     1  Alex Sassmannshausen
     2  Alírio Eyng
    53  Andreas Enge
     2  Cyprien Nicolas
    13  Cyril Roelandt
     6  David Thompson
    23  Eric Bavier
    25  John Darrington
   377  Ludovic Courtès
     4  Manolis Ragkousis
    67  Mark H Weaver
     2  Nikita Karetnikov
     1  Pierre-Antoine Rault
     3  Raimon Grau
    17  Sree Harsha Totakura
     1  Yakkala Yagnesh Raghava

Ludovic, on behalf of the Guix team.

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