Guix comes with a distribution of the GNU system consisting entirely of free software9. The distribution can be installed on its own (see System Installation), but it is also possible to install Guix as a package manager on top of an installed GNU/Linux system (see Installation). To distinguish between the two, we refer to the standalone distribution as the Guix System Distribution, or GNU GSD.
The distribution provides 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 browsed
on-line or by
guix package (see Invoking guix package):
guix package --list-available
Our goal has been to provide 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.
Packages are currently available on the following platforms:
x86_64 architecture, Linux-Libre kernel;
Intel 32-bit architecture (IA32), Linux-Libre kernel;
ARMv7-A architecture with hard float, Thumb-2 and VFP3D16 coprocessor, using the EABI hard-float ABI, and Linux-Libre kernel.
little-endian 64-bit MIPS processors, specifically the Loongson series, n32 application binary interface (ABI), and Linux-Libre kernel.
GSD itself is currently only available on
For information on porting to other architectures or kernels, See Porting.
|• System Installation:||Installing the whole operating system.|
|• System Configuration:||Configuring the operating system.|
|• Installing Debugging Files:||Feeding the debugger.|
|• Security Updates:||Deploying security fixes quickly.|
|• Package Modules:||Packages from the programmer’s viewpoint.|
|• Packaging Guidelines:||Growing the distribution.|
|• Bootstrapping:||GNU/Linux built from scratch.|
|• Porting:||Targeting another platform or kernel.|
Building this distribution is a cooperative effort, and you are invited to join! See Contributing, for information about how you can help.