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doc: Add a "GNU Distribution" node.

* doc/guix.texi (Introduction): Add cross-reference to "GNU
  (Features): Mention reproducibility.
  (Invoking guix-package): Add cross-reference to "GNU Distribution".
  (GNU Distribution): New node.
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Ludovic Courtès 9 years ago
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@ -80,6 +80,7 @@ Documentation License.''
* Package Management:: Package installation, upgrade, etc.
* Programming Interface:: Using Guix in Scheme.
* Utilities:: Package management commands.
* GNU Distribution:: Software for your friendly GNU system.
* Acknowledgments:: Thanks!
* GNU Free Documentation License:: The license of this manual.
@ -131,6 +132,10 @@ Guix has a command-line interface allowing users to build, install,
upgrade, and remove packages, as well as a Scheme programming interface.
The remainder of this manual describes them.
Last but not least, Guix is used to build a distribution of the GNU
system, with many GNU and non-GNU free software packages. @xref{GNU
@c *********************************************************************
@node Installation
@chapter Installation
@ -427,7 +432,7 @@ Each @file{/nix/store} package directory name contains a hash of all the
inputs that were used to build that package---compiler, libraries, build
scripts, etc. This direct correspondence allows users to make sure a
given package installation matches the current state of their
distribution, and helps maximize @dfn{reproducibility}.
@c FIXME: Remove footnote when it's implemented.
This foundation allows Guix to support @dfn{transparent binary/source
@ -538,9 +543,9 @@ the store.
@item --list-available[=@var{regexp}]
@itemx -A [@var{regexp}]
List packages currently available in the software distribution. When
@var{regexp} is specified, list only installed packages whose name
matches @var{regexp}.
List packages currently available in the software distribution
(@pxref{GNU Distribution}). When @var{regexp} is specified, list only
installed packages whose name matches @var{regexp}.
For each package, print the following items separated by tabs: its name,
its version string, the parts of the package (@code{out} for the main
@ -1058,6 +1063,48 @@ the @code{package-derivation} procedure of the @code{(guix packages)}
module, and to the @code{build-derivations} procedure of the @code{(guix
store)} module.
@c *********************************************************************
@node GNU Distribution
@chapter GNU Distribution
Guix comes with a distribution of free software@footnote{The term
``free'' here refers to the
@url{,freedom provided to
users of that software}.} 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 @command{guix-package} (@pxref{Invoking
guix-package --list-available
@end example
The package definitions of the distribution may are provided by Guile
modules in the @code{(gnu packages ...)} name space---for instance, the
@code{(gnu packages emacs)} module exports a variable named
@code{emacs}, which is bound to a @code{<package>} object
(@pxref{Defining Packages}). The @code{(gnu packages)} module provides
facilities for searching for packages.
The distribution is fully @dfn{bootstrapped} and @dfn{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
@dfn{bootstrap binaries}, provided by the @code{(gnu packages
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{}. We
welcome ideas, bug reports, patches, and anything that may be helpful to
the project.
@c *********************************************************************
@node Acknowledgments