Distribution Release: Guix System 1.2.0
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Guix System is a Linux-based, stateless operating system that is built around the GNU Guix package manager. The operating system provides advanced package management features such as transactional upgrades and roll-backs, reproducible build environments, unprivileged package management, and per-user profiles. The project’s latest version, 1.2.0, focuses on improving the security of the software supplied to the distribution. “A major highlight in this release is the ability to authenticate channels, which probably makes Guix one of the safest ways to deliver complete operating systems today. This was the missing link in our ‘software supply chain’ and we’re glad it’s now fixed. The end result is that ‘guix pull’ and related commands now cryptographically authenticate channel code that they fetch; you cannot, for instance, retrieve unauthorized commits to the official Guix repository. We detailed the design and implementation back in July. The manual explains what you need to know as a user and as a channel author. There’s also a new ‘guix git authenticate’ command to use this authentication mechanism for arbitrary Git repositories!” Additional information can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download: guix-system-install-1.2.0.x86_64-linux.iso.xz (489MB, signature, pkglist).
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