Join the Community!

The System Crafters community meets in a few places online in case you want to engage with other people about your favorite tools and techniques!

Chat With Us

If you’d like to chat with the community, you can join us both on IRC and Matrix!

I recommend using the Matrix space with the official Element client if you prefer a Discord or Slack style experience with chat history, embedded links, etc. You can read more details about using the Libera.Chat IRC bridge to Matrix on this page.

If you’d prefer to chat from inside of Emacs, the ement.el Matrix client by Alphapapa is an excellent choice! I will soon be producing a video for how to use it.

If you’d like a more classic experience, try the IRC channel! If you’ve never used IRC before, check out the following videos:

Friday Streams

Join us every Friday for our weekly show System Crafters Live! The stream is broadcast on both YouTube and Twitch.

In these streams we usually experiment with new packages, configurations, and customizations to understand the pros and cons of using them. Other times we have philosophical discussions about software, computing, and productivity. It’s always a good time!

Click here to see the stream time in your local time zone!

Community Projects

We also have a growing set of community projects to which you can join and contribute! If you want to learn more about GNU Emacs and GNU Guix, contributing to one of these projects is a great way to do that.

Have an idea for a community project? Send me an e-mail: david at

Crafted Emacs

Crafted Emacs is sensible base Emacs configuration created with the following goals:

  • Helps you craft your own Emacs configuration faster by providing pre-configured modules for common tasks
  • The code of the configuration is a learning resource to help you understand Emacs Lisp better
  • Easy to remove from your configuration once you’ve finished crafting your own!

This project is maintained by Jeff Bowman. You can read Jeff’s blog for more information about the project!


dotcrafter.el is a project I started while creating the Learning Emacs Lisp video series. It is meant to help you manage your dotfiles using an Emacs package, including the job of “tangling” your literate Org Mode configuration to the necessary output files.

This project has been dormant for a while, I’d be happy if someone wanted to contribute and move it forward!

Guix Installer and Live CD Images

I’ve used GitHub Actions to automatically produce up-to-date installation images and Live CDs for GNU Guix using the full Linux kernel from the Nonguix channel:

If you have ideas for how to improve these, please feel free to send a PR!

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