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Guix starts fundraising campaign with support from the FSF

Item posted by Ludovic Courtès <civodul> on Wed 16 Dec 2015 10:03:27 PM UTC.

The GNU Guix project is glad to announce its first fundraising campaign, supported by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).  As the FSF announced today, the campaign’s primary goal is to help increase the capacity of the project’s build farm.  We believe Guix offers a great tool set to increase the freedom and autonomy of computer users, and we are excited that the FSF supports the project!

Until now, the build farm behind had been working on hardware and hosting generously provided by several organizations and individuals—thank you!  To cope with the growing number of packages and users, we felt that the time has come to call to the community to strengthen the project’s infrastructure.  Our first action will be to change the build farm’s front-end, which orchestrates builds and distributes binaries.  Next we want to add more build machines, with two goals in mind: being able to quickly test changes that trigger lots of rebuilds, and being able to identify non-verifiable builds.

Donations can be made on the FSF-hosted page for the campaign.  10% of your contribution will also go to help the FSF meet its current fundraising goal.

GNU Guix also welcomes contributions, both technical and non-technical: testing, adding new packages, writing code, translating messages and package descriptions to your native language, helping with Web design, and more.  Check out the contribution page!

About GNU Guix

GNU Guix is a functional package manager for the GNU system.  The Guix System Distribution or GuixSD is an advanced distribution of the GNU system that relies on GNU Guix and respects the user's freedom.

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, except that packages are defined as native Guile modules, using extensions to the Scheme language.  GuixSD offers a declarative approach to operating system configuration management, and is highly customizable and hackable.

GuixSD 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 armv7.

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