Hi! I'm Joshua Branson. I'm a tinker with a passion for libre software. GNUcode.me is my journey towards aiding the GNU project. Wanna be my friend? Send me an email: joshua AT gnucode.me.
My git repositories are available at notabug.org/jbranso. You'll find my .emacs.d there, my guix config that runs this
site, and the souce code for this site. It uses Haunt, which is a
static site generator!
I have been uploading some of my hacking videos online. You can view them here. I've got videos about guile, emacs, guix, etc.
My irc nick is jab or gnucode. I usually hang out in
the #guix irc chatroom in libera.chat. I'm still on freenode too. My
freenode nick is joshuaBPMan. Feel free to say hello sometime.
I am particularly interested in the software below.
GNU Guix is the official GNU Operating system and universal package
manager. It supports declarative system configuration, atomic updates,
reverting to previous versions of packages and system state! With it
you can declare developmental environments with packages from
guile, etc. GNU Guix lets you declare your entire operating system
environment as scheme code. It is super awesome. I use it on my
laptop, and it powers this website!
GNU Emacs is the world's best operating system. It also includes a
fabulous text editor, email client, task manager, web browser, etc.
There are people that open up their computer, and the only program
they use is Emacs! You can do literate devops, play games, edit
remote files, program in any programming language. It is a fabulous
and extremely customize text editor.
GNU Guile is the GNU Ubiquitous Intelligent Language
for Extensions, the official extension language of the GNU system. It
allows one to extend their application in what is perhaps the best
programming language in the world: scheme. It supports most
programming paradigms, is reasonably fast, has numerous features that
many languages lack, and is famously flexible in the things that it
GNU Guile is an implementation of scheme, with the goal of
helping programmers create flexible applications. If bits of your
application need to be preferment, then you can write those bits in
C. Guile has great support for inter operating with C.
OpenBSD is perhaps the most secure operating systems know to man. They refuse to sign
any NDAs or allow proprietary software in their OS (though they do allow
proprietary firmware, which is needed for various hardware to function). They
design of OpenBSD is pretty slick, and the developers are really prolific
software developers. They have developed httpd, opensmtpd, and quite a few bits
of software. They support 14 different platforms including riscv64, amd64,
arm64, powerpc, and some other ones. That's really quite impressive! They have
designed new security features including pledge and unveil. If you want a really
powerful safe-by-default OS, then OpenBSD is really worth your time.
The GNU Hurd is the GNU project's official kernel (of course I've
saved the best for last). It is currently not as feature-complete as
it ought to be, but it has a ton of amazing features like the
possibility of extending the kernel with high level languages like
scheme or python. It is based on the design of a microkernel. It's
kernel is only about 90,000 lines of code, whereas the Linux kernel is
approaching 30 million lines of code. The GNU/Hurd wants to support
an extensible operating system, where the user is free to securely
change virtually any aspect about their system.