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The Hurd, GNU, Guix, and GSoC

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: The Hurd, GNU, Guix, and GSoC
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:24:06 +0100
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While browsing
<http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/community/gsoc/project_ideas.html>, I
saw references to Stow{,fs}, and an item called “Hurdish Package Manager
for the GNU System”.

The mission of GNU Guix [0] is to be a package manager for, and
distribution of, the GNU system.  The distribution only works on
GNU/Linux currently, but the goal is to support the Hurd (when it has
source releases...), and possibly kFreeBSD.

Thus, it will most probably have to restrict itself to features provided
by all three kernels.  However, it could make use of Hurd-specific
features when running on it, such as unionfs.

GSoC-wise, possible projects include:

  • porting the distribution to GNU/Hurd (but again, I’d rather rely on
    published source tarballs of the Hurd, libc, etc. than on Git

  • working on the integration of Guix on the Hurd, via unionfs/stowfs
    in particular.

WDYT?  Should we update the items in the ideas page to point to Guix?
Should we add new items?


[0] http://www.gnu.org/software/guix/

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