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Re: Distro name

From: Dmitri Paduchikh
Subject: Re: Distro name
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2013 03:33:28 +0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13)

Ludovic Courtès wrote:

> The (distro ...) name for modules of the distro wasn’t meant to last.
> Initially, I thought we could find a name for the distro, and substitute
> that name to “distro”.  Possible names:

>   • Jinn, as in “Jinn is not Nixpkgs/NixOS”;
>   • Guixotic, as Guix + Exotic (suggested by RMS).

These seem rather baroque to me. Especially the reference to nixpkgs in
such a context. The name "Unix" is pretty much widespread so the
abbreviation "GNU" can be seen as ingenious. nixpkgs is much less known
and hence this looks weird, IMHO.

I would propose Guix World as a externally visible name, and just world
or distro for internal namespace usage.

> However, I’ve come to think that we don’t necessarily need a separate
> name for the distro, but we do need a name for the module name space.

It would be good to have name for distro. How would you refer to it

> The obvious solution would be (gnu ...).  There’d be modules like
> (gnu packages openssl), which does not mean that OpenSSL is a GNU
> package, but I think that should be clear in this context.  Anyway,
> that’s the option that I like the most currently.

It may be clear, but your example demonstrates internal inconsistency of
such naming. Is Guix intended for GNU software only? If not, then be
fair to all the others. ;)

With best regards
Dmitri Paduchikh

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