Guix comes with a distribution of free software5 that form the basis of the GNU system. This
includes core GNU packages such as GNU libc, GCC, and Binutils, as well
as many GNU and non-GNU applications. The complete list of available
packages can be seen by running
guix package (see Invoking guix package):
guix package --list-available
The package definitions of the distribution may are provided by Guile
modules in the
(gnu packages ...) name space—for instance, the
(gnu packages emacs) module exports a variable named
emacs, which is bound to a
(see Defining Packages). The
(gnu packages) module provides
facilities for searching for packages.
The distribution is fully bootstrapped and self-contained:
each package is built based solely on other packages in the
distribution. The root of this dependency graph is a small set of
bootstrap binaries, provided by the
bootstrap) module. These are statically-linked binaries of the core
tools without which building anything at all would be impossible.
Our goal is to build a practical 100% free software distribution of Linux-based and other variants of GNU, with a focus on the promotion and tight integration of GNU components, and an emphasis on programs and tools that help users exert that freedom.
Building this distribution is a cooperative effort, and you are invited to join! Please get in touch with us on email@example.com. We welcome ideas, bug reports, patches, and anything that may be helpful to the project.