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GNU Guix 0.8 released

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: GNU Guix 0.8 released
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:49:57 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

We are pleased to announce the release of GNU Guix version 0.8,
representing 811 commits by 22 people over 4 months.

• About

  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, with
  Guile Scheme programming interfaces.

  The operating system uses the Linux-Libre kernel and the GNU dmd init
  system.  At this stage it 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.

• Download

  Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:

  Here are the bootable USB installation images and their signatures[*]:

  Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

  Here are the SHA1 checksums:

  763e1afeee4fa7e0522523231c06611b0488edda  guix-0.8.tar.gz
  89e3b020258f2ab44b308b73926994c1be4ff991  gnu-usb-install-0.8.i686-linux.xz
  556c268eb3a52a2bd8c074306747686d64ae094e  gnu-usb-install-0.8.x86_64-linux.xz

  [*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
  .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
  and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

    gpg --verify guix-0.8.tar.gz.sig

  If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
  then run this command to import it:

    gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 3D9AEBB5

  and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

  This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
    Autoconf 2.69
    Automake 1.14.1
    Makeinfo 5.2

  To install the complete operating system, please see “System
  Installation” in the manual.

• Changes since version 0.7 (excerpt from the NEWS file)

  ** Package management

  *** New visual user interface in Emacs

  See “Emacs Interface” in the manual.

  *** New ‘guix environment’ command to produce development environment

  See “Invoking guix environment” in the manual.

  *** The ‘guix import’ command has been extended and documented

  It can now import packages from and from GNU.
  See “Invoking guix import” in the manual.

  *** New ‘guix lint’ command, for use by Guix developers

  See “Invoking guix lint” in the manual.

  *** Packages can now be “grafted” with replacements of their dependencies

  See “Security Updates” in the manual.

  *** The distribution can be extended with ‘--load-path’ or $GUIX_PACKAGE_PATH

  This allows users to maintain their own package definitions, and make them
  visible to the various user interfaces.  See “Package Modules” in the manual.

  *** ‘guix package’ better reports package upgrades

  *** ‘guix package’ has a new ‘--switch-generation’ option

  See “Invoking guix package” in the manual.

  *** ‘guix-daemon’ has a new ‘--substitute-urls’ option

  See “Invoking guix-daemon” in the manual.

  ** Distribution

  *** The stand-alone operating system now supports Linux mapped devices

  See “Mapped Devices” in the manual.

  *** New fields in ‘operating-system’ declarations, better documentation

  New fields include ‘hosts-file’, ‘mapped-devices’, and ‘swap-devices’.
  See “operating-system Reference” in the manual.

  *** New services: ‘dhcp-client-service’, ‘bitlbee-service’, ‘ntp-service’

  See “Services” in the manual.

  *** Free firmware can be loaded

  This notably enables support for some Atheros-based WiFi devices (ath9k-htc.)
  See “operating-system Reference” in the manual.

  *** ‘grub-configuration’ declarations can now specify a theme

  See “GRUB Configuration” in the manual.

  *** The ‘base-initrd’ now has a different signature

  Existing uses in ‘operating-system’ declarations need to be updated.  See
  “Initial RAM Disk” in the manual for details.

  *** eudev is now used by default, instead of an old udev release

  *** ‘guix system vm’ has a new ‘--full-boot’ option

  See “Invoking guix system” in the manual.

  *** The ‘file’ command is now part of the package build environment

  Autoconf-generated ‘configure’ scripts for packages using Libtool use ‘file’
  to determine the target ABI, notably on MIPS, hence this change.

  *** 162 new packages

  abiword, acpica, adns, arb, ath9k-htc-firmware, atlas, avrdude, cppunit,
  dblatex, detox, dfu-programmer, dionysus, direvent, dmidecode, dri3proto,
  emacs-no-x-toolkit, emacs-w3m, emacs-wget, enchant, eudev, feh, flashrom,
  flint, fontforge, freedink, freeimage, fribidi,
  gcc-cross-sans-libc-xtensa-elf, giblib, gnome-themes-standard, gpsbabel,
  gpscorrelate, graphite2, gtypist, guile-charting, guile-sdl, imake, imlib2,
  irrlicht, jbig2dec, libpsl, libspiro, libuninameslist, libwmf, lm-sensors,
  magit, minetest, miscfiles, mozjs, mupdf, nix, nspr, nss-mdns, ntp, nvi, opam,
  openal, openjpeg, opus-tools, orpheus, ots, oxygen-icons, paredit, perf,
  perl-archive-zip, perl-dbd-sqlite, perl-dbi, perl-image-exiftool,
  perl-io-socket-ssl, perl-net-ssleay, perl-www-curl, perl-zip, polkit,
  polkit-qt, postgresql, potrace, presentproto, python-certifi, python-coverage,
  python-cython, python-discover, python-docutils, python-exif-read,
  python-extras, python-fixtures, python-itsdangerous, python-jinja2,
  python-jsonschema, python-markupsafe, python-mimeparse, python-nose,
  python-oauthlib, python-py, python-pygments, python-pyjwt, python-pyld,
  python-pytest, python-scripttest, python-sphinx, python-subunit,
  python-testrepository, python-testresources, python-testscenarios,
  python-testtools, python-unidecode, python-unittest2, python-virtualenv,
  python2-certifi, python2-coverage, python2-cython, python2-discover,
  python2-docutils, python2-exif-read, python2-extras, python2-fixtures,
  python2-itsdangerous, python2-jinja2, python2-jsonschema, python2-markupsafe,
  python2-mimeparse, python2-nose, python2-oauthlib, python2-py,
  python2-pygments, python2-pyjwt, python2-pyld, python2-pytest,
  python2-requests, python2-scripttest, python2-sphinx, python2-subunit,
  python2-testrepository, python2-testresources, python2-testscenarios,
  python2-testtools, python2-unidecode, python2-unittest2, python2-virtualenv,
  rrdtool, ruby, ruby, ruby-i18n, sane-backends, scrot, sound-theme-freedesktop,
  stress, synergy, tdb, terminus-font, testdisk, texi2html, tiled, transfig,
  unclutter, unixodbc, weechat, wv, xboing, xf86-video-modesetting, xfig,
  xsensors, zsh

  *** 117 package updates

  acct-6.6.2, acl-2.2.52, apl-1.4, apr-1.5.1, apr-util-1.5.3, autoconf-2.68,
  autoconf-2.69, autogen-5.18.4, bash-4.3.30, bash-light-4.3.30, bazaar-2.6.0,
  bison-2.7, calcurse-3.2.1, ccache-3.1.10, chicken-, coreutils-8.23,
  curl-7.37.1, datamash-1.0.6, dbus-1.8.8, docbook-xml-4.2, docbook-xml-4.4,
  docbook-xml-4.5, emacs-24.4, ffmpeg-2.2.10, ffmpeg-2.4.3, file-5.19,
  file-5.20, freeipmi-1.4.5, gcc-4.7.4, gcc-4.9.2, gcc-toolchain-4.9.2,
  gcl-2.6.11, gdb-7.8.1, geiser-0.6, gettext-0.19.3, git-2.1.2, glibc-2.20,
  glibc-2.20, glibc-stripped-tarball-2.20, global-6.3.2, glpk-4.55,
  gnupg-1.4.18, gnupg-2.0.26, gnurl-7.37.0, gnutls-3.2.20, gpgme-1.5.1,
  gst-plugins-base-1.0.10, gstreamer-1.0.10, gtk+-3.10.1, gtkmm-3.9.16,
  guile-1.8.8, guile-json-0.4.0, guile-ncurses-1.6, guile-ssh-0.7.1, guix-0.7,
  guix-0.7.48bd76e, hello-2.10, help2man-1.46.3, icecat-31.2.0,
  libart-lgpl-2.3.21, libassuan-2.1.3, libatomic-ops-7.4.2, libdrm-2.4.33,
  libffi-3.1, libgc-7.2f, libgc-7.4.2, libgcrypt-1.5.4, libgcrypt-1.6.2,
  libidn-1.29, libjpeg-9a, libotr-4.0.0, libsodium-1.0.0, libtasn1-4.1,
  libunistring-0.9.4, libwebsockets-1.3, lightning-2.0.5, linux-libre-3.17.3,
  lsof-4.88, lua-5.2.3, lvm2-2.02.109, lzip-1.16, make-4.1, maxima-5.34.1,
  mit-scheme-9.2, mysql-5.1.73, neon-0.30.0, net-base-5.3, nettle-2.7.1,
  notmuch-0.18.1, openssh-6.7p1, openssl-1.0.1j, parallel-20141022,
  phonon-4.8.2, pspp-0.8.4, python-3.3.5, python-dateutil-1.5,
  python2-dateutil-1.5, python2-pyicu-1.8, qt-4.8.6, qt-5.3.2, rcs-5.9.3,
  readline-6.3, subversion-1.7.18, swig-3.0.2, tar-1.28, texinfo-5.2,
  tor-, transmission-2.84, ucommon-6.1.11, valgrind-3.10.0, vlc-2.1.5,
  wget-1.16, windowmaker-0.95.6, xapian-1.2.18, xf86-video-ati-6.14.6,
  xpdf-3.04, youtube-dl-2014.09.06

  ** Programming interfaces

  *** New ‘ruby-build-system’, for Ruby packages

  See “Build Systems” in the manual.

  *** New ‘glib-or-gtk-build-system’, for packages using GLib schemas

  See “Build Systems” in the manual.

  *** ‘gnu-build-system’ has a new #:substitutable? parameter

  This allows packagers to mark a package as requiring a local build, thus
  preventing it from being substituted by a pre-built binary.

  *** ‘cmake-build-system’ has a new #:build-type parameter

  See “Build Systems” in the manual.

  *** The ‘supported-systems’ field of packages is used more consistently

  This allows packagers to prevent attempts to build a package on a given
  architecture when that architecture is known not to be supported.  The
  ‘package-transitive-supported-systems’ procedure returns the intersection of
  the systems supported by the given package and by its dependencies.

  *** The ‘wrap-program’ procedure can now be called multiple times

  *** New ‘graft-derivations’ and ‘package-grafts’ procedures

  They implement “grafts”, as described under “Security Updates” in the manual.

  *** New “bag” intermediate representation for use by build systems

  “Bags” are used internally as an intermediate representation between packages
  and derivations.  See “Build Systems” in the manual.

  *** New (guix monad-repl) module, for monadic interaction at the REPL

  See “The Store Monad” in the manual.

  *** New (guix build emacs-utils) module, to facilitate building Emacs packages

  *** New (guix tests) module, with tools used by the test suite

  *** The internal ‘guix-register’ command now deduplicates files in store items

  *** Several system modules moved from (guix build …) to (gnu build …)

  Also, the (gnu build linux-boot) module has been introduced, with code
  typically used by initial RAM disks when booting on GNU/Linux-libre.

  *** (guix profiles) provides a representation of package transactions

  This factorizes code between ‘guix package’ and the Emacs user interface.

  *** Bootstrapping packages moved to (gnu packages commencement) modules

  ** Bugs fixed

  *** ‘guix-daemon’ now really deduplicates store items by default

  Deduplication means that identical files found in /gnu/store are stored only
  once, using hard links.  This feature was wrongfully disabled, and is now
  enabled by default.  The former ‘--disable-store-optimization’ option has been
  renamed to ‘--disable-deduplication’.

  *** ‘guix-daemon’ no longer uses ‘vfork’

  This could cause problems with ancient Linux kernel.

  *** Fixed compilation of ‘gccgo’ (<>)
  *** 'make clean' doesn't delete os-config.tmpl (<>)
  *** Fix handling of periods by fill-paragraph (<>)
  *** Produce a top-level Info 'dir' file (<>)
  *** guix offload ignores unreachable machines (<>)
  *** guix offload: Ignore EEXIST when registering a .drv as a GC root
  *** perl-tk: Build sequentially (<>)
  *** download: Use the 'SERVER NAME' TLS extension when possible
  *** libdaemon: Add alternate source URLs (<>)
  *** icu4c: Reinstate RUNPATH on shared libraries 
  *** nss-mdns: Add alternate source URLs (<>)
  *** download: Add "Accept: */*" to the HTTP headers
  *** guix-register: Do not attempt to create NIX_STORE_DIR 
  *** Allow Linux-libre to find our 'modprobe' command
  *** man-pages: Build sequentially (<>)
  *** Fix intermittent test failures involving GC (<>)
  *** guix import: pypi: Gracefully handle non-existent packages 
  *** Make sure the shared library has the '.so' extension
  *** pull: Use the build procedure provided by the newly-downloaded Guix.
  *** WindowMaker no longer pollutes $PATH (<>)

  ** Native language support
  *** New translation: cs (Czech)
  *** Updated translations: de, sr, vi

Please report bugs to address@hidden
Join address@hidden and #guix on Freenode for discussions.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release:

    61  Alex Kost
    55  Andreas Enge
    11  Cyril Roelandt
     1  Cyrill Schenkel
    49  David Thompson
    41  Eric Bavier
     9  Federico Beffa
     1  Guy Grant
     4  Ian Denhardt
    20  Jason Self
    17  John Darrington
     1  Joshua Grant
     3  Kevin Lemonnier
   412  Ludovic Courtès
     4  Manolis Ragkousis
    10  Marek Benc
   105  Mark H Weaver
     1  Mathieu Lirzin
     2  Pjotr Prins
     1  Sylvain Beucler
     1  Taylan Ulrich Bayirli/Kammer
     2  宋文武

Ludovic, on behalf of the Guix team.

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