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  • GNU Guix 1.3.0 released

    We are pleased to announce the release of GNU Guix version 1.3.0!

    The release comes with ISO-9660 installation images, a virtual machine image, and with tarballs to install the package manager on top of your GNU/Linux distro, either from source or from binaries. Guix users can update by running guix pull.

    It’s been almost 6 months since the last release, during which 212 people contributed code and packages, and a number of people contributed to other important tasks—code review, system administration, translation, web site updates, Outreachy mentoring, and more.

    There’s been more than 8,300 commits in that time frame, which we’ll humbly try to summarize in these release notes.

  • Request to reinstate project: m4-1.4.18b.pot
    The following beta release includes a new m4.pot, where we would like to
    reinstate the m4 translation domain with disclaimers required (since FSF
    owns M4 copyright):
    
    file m4-1.4.18b/po/m4.pot within
    https://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/m4/m4-1.4.18b.tar.xz
    announced at
    https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/m4-discuss/2021-05/msg00001.html
    
    Notice of translations can be sent to m4-patches@gnu.org; a mere URL of
    the available translation would be sufficient (no need to send
    translations themselves, since m4's bootstrap is designed to download
    the .po files prior to release, the list posts are just a courtesy
    rather than a patch to be applied manually).
    
    See also [1], where the m4 package was removed, because at the time
    there had never been a released build of m4 that used m4.pot.  More than
    10 years ago, when m4.pot was first uploaded, it was for a version
    number 1.9.x in preparation for an experimental 2.0 release; that
    release is nowhere near close, but in the meantime, the stable branch
    for m4 1.4.x has finally enabled the use of translations [2].  The set
    of strings for 1.9.x are probably dissimilar enough from 1.4.18b that it
    is not worth trying to revive the old translations, rather, you can
    treat this request as a new project, even if you are able to reinstate
    the m4 package name (and if you must pick a different package name, I
    need to know, as that will introduce its own wrinkles into how m4's
    bootstrap script downloads available .po files).
    
    [1] https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-m4/2021-03/msg00002.html
    [2] https://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=m4.git;a=commit;h=610290de87f
    
    Given comments at [3], I may still need to make some tweaks to what
    strings are offered for translations between now and 1.4.19, but we've
    got to start somewhere, and I want to get 1.4.19 out the door this month.
    
    [3] https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-m4/2021-03/msg00006.html
    
    

GNU Guix 1.3.0 released

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