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Re: How'd Guix end up in the Gnu project?

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: How'd Guix end up in the Gnu project?
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:30:04 +0200
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Hi Liam,

I wasn’t around when this happened, but often when packages join GNU
there isn’t much of a story to be told.

Guix clearly fits into the bigger picture painted by GNU.

One of the core ideas of GNU is to give users more freedom and the tools
to meaningfully exercise that freedom.  The Hurd, for example, does this
by putting more parts of the operating system under the control of
regular users, even on shared systems.  The super user is no longer as
important as on other systems.

With Guix users gain the freedom to install their own package variants,
freeing them from arbitrary restrictions of system administrators.
Again, the need for a super user is reduced.  Users also gain practical
software freedom in that they can easily access the sources of software
they have installed and replace a package with a variant of their own.

It is only fitting that Guix is part of GNU.


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