GNU Guix maintainer collective expands

In July, we—Ricardo Wurmus and Ludovic Courtès—called for volunteers to join us in maintaining Guix. We are thrilled to announce that three brave hackers responded and that they’re now officially co-maintainers! The Guix maintainer collective now consists of Marius Bakke, Maxim Cournoyer, and Tobias Geerinckx-Rice, in addition to Ricardo and Ludovic. You can reach us all by email at, a private alias.

So what does it mean to be a maintainer? There are some duties:

  1. Enforcing GNU and Guix policies, such as the project’s commitment to be released under a copyleft free software license (GPLv3+) and to follow the Free System Distribution Guideline (FSDG).

  2. Enforcing our code of conduct: maintainers are the contact point for anyone who wants to report abuse.

  3. Making decisions, about code or anything, when consensus cannot be reached. We’ve probably never encountered such a situation before, though!

Maintainers should have a good idea of what’s going on, but the other responsibilities can (and should! :-)) be delegated. Maybe you, dear reader, can help on one of them? Here are some examples:

With now five people on-board, we’ll probably be able to improve some of our processes and be able to scale better. You’re welcome to share your ideas on or directly at!

More generally, we think rotating responsibilities is a great way to bring new ideas and energy into the project. We are super happy and grateful that Maxim, Marius, and Tobias are taking on this challenge—thank you folks!

About GNU Guix

GNU Guix is a transactional package manager and an advanced distribution of the GNU system that respects user freedom. Guix can be used on top of any system running the kernel Linux, or it can be used as a standalone operating system distribution for i686, x86_64, ARMv7, and AArch64 machines.

In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection. When used as a standalone GNU/Linux distribution, Guix offers a declarative, stateless approach to operating system configuration management. Guix is highly customizable and hackable through Guile programming interfaces and extensions to the Scheme language.

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