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-*- mode: org; coding: utf-8; -*-
#+TITLE: Tentative GNU Guix Road Map
Copyright © 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Ludovic Courtès <>
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are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
notice and this notice are preserved.
The goals of the GNU Guix project are two-fold:
- to build a purely functional package manager, based on Nix and
- to use it to build a practical 100% free software distribution of
GNU/Linux and possibly other GNU variants, with a focus on the
promotion and tight integration of GNU components–the GNU system.
Since its inception, the project has gone a long way towards that goal. Below
is a list of items we want for version "1.0" of the Guix System Distribution.
There will be a few 0.x releases by then to give the new features more
exposure and testing.
You're welcome to discuss this road map on or #guix on
* Features scheduled for 1.0
- larger & more robust build farm + we need a powerful, dedicated front-end
+ armhf-linux build machine + leave Hydra in favor of 'guix publish' + custom code?
- more OS features + LVM support
+ encrypted root + configurable name service switch
+ whole-system unit tests, using VMs
- more service definitions + mcron, postfix(?), wicd(?), etc.
- better 'guix system'
+ 'reconfigure' should be able to restart non-essential services + support for '--list-generations' and '--delete-generations'
- better 'guix pull'
+ using Git to fetch the source instead of re-downloading everything + build more quickly
+ install new .mo files and new manual + authentication of the Guix source: use signed commits?
- simplified, purely declarative service list in 'operating-system'
+ it should be possible to inspect the service instance declarations and
- GUIs + integrate guix-web?
+ guile-ncurses installer?
- 'guix publish'?
* Features for later
- complete GNU/Hurd port
- use content-based addressing when downloading substitutes to reduce
bandwidth requirements + design nar v2 format where file contents are replaced by their hashes
+ leverage /gnu/store/.links
- binary origin tracking + keep signatures in sqlite.db
+ preserve signatures upon import/export
- peer-to-peer distribution of updates (GNUnet?)
- more deterministic builds + identify & fix sources of non-determinism in builds
+ strengthen guix-daemon containers to further increase reproducibility + trusting-trust: bootstrap with different tool chains
+ fixed-point: re-bootstrap until fixed point is reached + distributed validation: compare contents of store items with others
* resist a compromise
- reproducible containers: mix of 'guix environment' and 'guix system vm'
- execute code with least privilege
+ build containers like guix-daemon does + provide a Plash-like interface in Bash
- daemon rewritten in Guile
- more shepherd integration
+ monitor network interfaces and start/stop events based on that
+ include a DHCP client written in Scheme