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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 22:44

This tutorial is for you computer users who love exploring operating systems. This explains step by step to try GuixSD, The GNU Operating system, in graphical ways on a virtual machine on existing Ubuntu laptop. We will use the free software Virt-Manager as the VM and see the GuixSD's Xfce desktop. You will learn where to download the GuixSD, which image file to grab, and how to use it within a VM. Finally, I am glad I brought GuixSD here on Ubuntu Buzz! I hope you will enjoy this.



Have Virt-Manager installed properly in Ubuntu. Click here to read the guide. 

Download GuixSD

Get the GuixSD VM Image and not the GuixSD System Installer. In this example, we use GuixSD version 1.1.0 and the file should be around 400MB by size and in the xz compression format.

Notice the yellow button and pointing hand cursor.

Extract GuixSD

Get the QCOW formatted file out of the downloaded file in xz format. In this example, we extract the file so we get the file with same name except the tar xz extension by some GB in size.

Setup Virt-Manager

- Add new VM.

- Select Import existing disk image.

- Select architecture x86_64.

- Select image file and point to the QCOW file.

- Determine memory 1024 MB and CPU 2 cores.

- Run.

- GuixSD now runs.

First Time

"This is the GNU system."

After seeing that awesome message, you will be asked to login to this gnu computer. Type gnu as username and press Enter as password and wait anyway for the system to boot up.

 Voila! Welcome to GNU Operating System!

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