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Ludovic Courtès 9 years ago
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@ -76,6 +76,26 @@ The ‘perl-build-system’, ‘python-build-system’, and ‘cmake-build-syste
been added. They implement the standard build systems for Perl, Python, and
CMake packages.
*** Tools to build Linux initrds, QEMU images, and more
The (gnu packages linux-initrd) module provides a procedure to build a Linux
initrd (“initial RAM disk”). The initrd embeds Guile, which is used to
evaluate the given expression. The example below returns an initrd that
mounts the /proc file system and starts a REPL:
(expression->initrd
'(begin
(mkdir "/proc")
(mount "none" "/proc" "proc")
((@ (system repl repl) start-repl))))
More examples in the linux-initrd.scm file.
Experimental interfaces to produce and use QEMU images are provided by the
(gnu system vm) module. For instance, the
‘expression->derivation-in-linux-vm’ evaluates the given Scheme expression in
a QEMU virtual machine running the Linux kernel and Guile.
** GNU distribution
Many updates and additions have been made to the distribution. Here are the
@ -88,4 +108,5 @@ Coreutils 8.20, GDB 7.6, Texinfo 5.1.
*** Noteworthy new packages
TeXLive, Xorg, GNU Parted, QEMU and QEMU-KVM, Avahi, Hugs, Python, Lua, Samba.
TeXLive, Xorg, GNU Parted, QEMU and QEMU-KVM, Avahi, Bigloo, CHICKEN,
Scheme48, Hugs, Python, Lua, Samba.

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