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Guix System Distribution

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

Guix System (formerly Guix System Distribution, or GuixSD) is a Linux-based, stateless operating system that is built around the GNU Guix package manager. The operating system provides advanced package management features such as transactional upgrades and roll-backs, reproducible build environments, unprivileged package management, and per-user profiles. It uses low-level mechanisms from the Nix package manager, but packages are defined as native Guile modules, using extensions to the Scheme language.

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Average visitor rating: 7.95/10 from 19 review(s).

Guix System Summary
Distribution Guix System (previously GuixSD)
Home Page https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/
Mailing Lists http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/help-guix/http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/guix-devel/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/GNU-Distribution.htmlhttps://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/download/
Bug Tracker https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-guix
Related Websites
Reviews 1.0.x: DistroWatch
0.15.0: DistroWatch
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-05-02: Distribution Release: Guix System 1.0.0
 • 2018-12-06: Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.16.0
 • 2018-07-06: Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.15.0
 • 2017-05-22: Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.13.0
 • 2016-12-25: Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.12.0
 • 2016-08-03: Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.11.0
 • 2016-03-29: Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.10.0
 • More GuixSD releases...

 •2019-05-20 Guix releases fix for PATH issue
 • More GuixSD headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 1.0.1
Release Date 2019-05-19
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 200-300
Free Download ISO
Installation Text mode
Default Desktop  
Package Management Guix
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4
Multilingual No
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 1.0.1
Package 1.0.1
abiword (3.0.4) 3.0.2
alsa-lib ( 1.1.8
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.4
bind (9.15.6) 9.12.4-P1
chromium (78.0.3904.108) --
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.11
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.44.5
firefox (71.0) --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1
gcc (9.2.0) 4.7.4
gimp (2.10.14) 2.10.10
glibc (2.30) 2.28
gnome-shell (3.34.1) 3.28.2
gnucash (3.7) 3.4
gnumeric (1.12.46) 1.12.44
grub (2.04) 2.02
gtk (3.24.13) 3.24.7
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.39
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4
k3b (19.08.3) --
kmod (26) 26
krita ( 4.1.7
libreoffice (6.3.3) 6.1.5
linux (5.4.2) 5.1.2
Package 1.0.1
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3
mariadb (10.5.0) 10.1.38
mate-desktop (1.22.2) 1.22.0
mesa (19.2.7) 18.3.5
mysql (8.0.18) 5.7.23
nautilus (3.34.2) 3.28.1
NVIDIA (440.36) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (13.0.1) 11.28
openssh (8.1p1) 8.0p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1b
perl (5.30.1) 5.28.0
php (7.4.0) 7.3.5
plasma-desktop (5.17.4) --
postfix (3.4.8) --
postgresql (12.1) 10.7
Python (3.8.0) 3.7.0
qt (5.13.2) 5.11.3
samba (4.11.2) 4.10.3
systemd (244) --
thunderbird (68.3.0) --
vim (8.1) 8.1
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.6
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.4
xorg-server (1.20.6) 1.20.4

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Version: 1.0.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-12-04
Votes: 0

Might be good, if there is an easy way of testing and possibly installing.
I like an O.S. that is easy to boot up and test; GuixSD requires too many steps to even try.

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Version: 1.0.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-12-02
Votes: 0

Though it is sometimes buggy, has quite a learning curve for its unique features, and does not support many of the packages users might take for granted in more popular distros, GuixSD is a very customizable distro built for flexibility and security.

The Guix package manager (for which this distro was named) in particular makes this system stand out, with a focus on reproducible build automation. It has features to cross-build programs for other supported architectures (including armhf, x86, and their 64-bit counterparts), package collections of programs into docker or squashfs images or tarballs for redistribution, organize programs into isolated "profiles" for better focus, and produce custom ISO, ext4, docker, or qemu images of the GuixSD operating system, just to name a few relatively unique features. It is easy to add more packages and to direct already defined packages to build with custom source, so this is an amazing system for software development. However, some of these features require a specific system configuration.

Notice that this distro uses the linux-libre kernel by default, so any device that requires blobby firmware is not officially supported. Furthermore, this is a free software distribution recognized by the Free Software Foundation, meaning the package manager will not provide any "nonfree" package. In fact, any package discovered to be nonfree will be either removed or patched to make it free. However, the system is flexible enough that with some research the system can be configured with the full linux kernel and private or third-party channels providing nonfree packages.

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Version: 1.0.1
Rating: 4
Date: 2019-10-27
Votes: 0

Because of difficult installation system, I have to rate GuixSD low.
Why not just have an easy installation ISO?

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