GNU Guix talk in Boston, MA (USA) on January 20th

David Thompson will be giving a talk about Guix on January 20th at the BLU gathering at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

David gives an overview of what functional package management is all about and how it differs from traditional imperative package management.

He also demonstrates some interesting features of Guix such as transactional package management, unprivileged package management, bit-reproducible builds, and full system configuration management.

The talk will take place in MIT building E-51, room 325.

David is a GNU hacker who contributes to Guix and Guile; he implemented container support in Guix. If you are in the Boston area, do not miss him!

UPDATE: Here are the slides from the talk.

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.