More scientific packages for GNU Guix
With increased usage of GNU Guix at scientific institutions there are also growing needs for packaging software used in research and teaching. The best place for that has been and still is Guix’ main repository because there the software is accessible and maintainable by the entire Guix community.
This has resulted in different institutes creating their own Guix channels and useful packages being scattered in different git repositories. For instance UMCU’s channel provides a package definition for RStudio that was copied from BIMSB’s Guix channel. At Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) we also used to maintain our own version of RStudio in our Guix channel.
Since there is a demand for these kind of packages we at ZPID decided to
move our package definitions of RStudio, JupyterLab and JASP into a
vendor-neutral channel called
guix-science. The channel has a
more relaxed inclusion policy regarding usage of prebuilt components than Guix
itself and thus can include software that is difficult to build from source. It
uses Guix’ authorization mechanism to build a trusted source of package
definitions. Currently the three owners of the GitHub organization Ricardo
Wurmus (BIMSB), Roel Janssen (UMCU) and me are also authorized committers.
Binary substitutes, which we build for our own infrastructure, are publicly
available for everyone at
https://substitutes.guix.psychnotebook.org/. See the
how to use them.
We welcome contributions of new package definitions, as well as improvements to existing ones and hope to foster collaboration amongst scientific institutes who deploy software using GNU Guix.