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The GNU Guix project, which last December was adopted by the Free Software Foundation for fundraising support, has a new beta release. Version 0.11.0 of the package manager and its associated systems distribution (GuixSD) comes with USB installation images for installation from source or from binaries. The project highlights …

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It's remarkably unclear what this is, why this is, and what it's for.

GuixSD is a linux distro, and Guix is its package manager? But the package manager has fuzzy knobs on it?

And it's a package manager with garbage collection? Eh?

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Doesn't seem to be

Doesn't seem to be a linux distro as it looks like it uses the Hurd kernel. (see screenshot on their main page)

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The intro bit of the docs seems to answer -> https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Introduction.html#Introduction

Guix is a package manager, partly inspired by Nix.

It can be run on any linux distribution and apparently doesn't interfere with the underlying packages, like Nix does/ did.

It is also possible to run a "Guix distribution" of the GNU operating system. This would be the GNU userland tools, like in linuxes, and instead use the Hurd kernel. All with Guix as the package manager.

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GNU reinventing the wheel? Debian had this package thing licked almost a couple of decades ago and last I heard they even have a GNU Hurd version as well.

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ConfusixSD

David Dawson beat me.

I agree with previous commenters. That link in the "news Byte" would have been useful too.

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Redo ConfusixSD

According to the following doc, GuixSD uses "linux-libre" kernels: https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/GNU-Distribution.html#GNU-Distribution

I didn't know Nix or its merits. From what I read, Guix main points is that it can build packages from source for several non-root users simultaneously: Gentoo + chroots?

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Re: Redo ConfusixSD

And, the package manager allows you to install software as an unprivileged users, I assume into your home folder. Now, this is really great!

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