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Re: [Nix-dev] GNU Guix 0.6 released

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [Nix-dev] GNU Guix 0.6 released
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:26:27 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130007 (Ma Gnus v0.7) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

(Stripping Cc.)

Shea Levy <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Wed, Apr 09, 2014 at 08:29:25PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:


>> • About
>>   GNU Guix is the functional package manager for the GNU system
>>   distribution.
>>   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.
> My brain keeps parsing this as "guix will run on bare metal", what does
> stand alone mean here?

It means there’ll be a standalone distro, like NixOS.  I suppose the
wording could be improved.

>> • Changes since version 0.5 (excerpt from the NEWS file)
>>   ** Package management
>>   *** Default store directory changed to /gnu/store
> What was the motivation behind this change?

Marketing of course!  ;-)

For newcomers it may clarify the fact that it’s a distro different from
Nixpkgs, with different goals.


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