Guix Package Manager
Guix is a package manager that distributes and deploys software packages, as well as whole system images, with a focus on minimizing the amount of proprietary software in the system.
#What is Guix?
GNU Guix is a package manager designed for and used by the GNU operating system. It is based on the functional package management concept, which means that packages are built from source code and are entirely self-contained, with no reliance on shared libraries. It offers users a declarative programming language called Guile Scheme to specify how software packages are built and installed, making it highly customizable and configurable.
#Guix Key Features
Most recognizable Guix features include:
- Purely functional package management with full reproducibility
- Support for binary substitutes to speed up package installation
- Rollback functionality to revert to a previous system state
- Easy creation of user-defined package collections
- Integration with the Guile Scheme programming language
- Containerization features for running software in isolated environments
Some of the Guix use-cases are:
- Building custom software stacks for research or development environments
- Creating custom system images for deployment on multiple machines
- Reproducing complex computational environments for reproducible research
- Creating isolated environments for testing and development
- Managing package dependencies in complex software projects
- Simplifying software deployment by removing the need for shared libraries
GNU Guix is a package manager that uses functional package management to provide fully reproducible and self-contained packages. It offers a declarative programming language, integration with Guile Scheme, and containerization features to make package management highly customizable and configurable. Guix is particularly useful for creating custom software stacks, reproducing complex computational environments, and simplifying software deployment.