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GNU Guix ported to ARM and other niceties of the new year

Item posted by Ludovic Courtès <civodul> on Fri 09 Jan 2015 08:18:41 AM UTC.

A new port of GNU Guix to ARM using the "hard float" ABI has just landed, thanks to the hard work of Mark H Weaver and John Darrington. This makes it the fourth supported architecture after x86_64, i686, and mips64el. We are looking for ARM hardware donations that would allow us to add this architecture to our continuous integration build farm; your help is welcome!

In other news, there has been work to improve Linux module handling, the addition of session support in the login manager, more tooling in 'guix lint', an nscd configuration interface, many new packages (Xfce, NumPy, SciPy, and Clang, to name a few), and many bug fixes. Getting closer to a new release!

About GNU Guix

GNU Guix is the functional package manager for the GNU system, and a distribution thereof.

In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection. It also offers a declarative approach to operating system configuration management. Guix uses low-level mechanisms from the Nix package manager, except that packages are defined as native Guile modules, using extensions to the Scheme language.

At this stage the distribution can be used on an i686 or x86_64 machine. It is also possible to use Guix on top of an already installed GNU/Linux system, including on mips64el and armhf.

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