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bug#25296: fully functional desktop installation

From: Konrad Hinsen
Subject: bug#25296: fully functional desktop installation
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:34:17 +0100
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Hmm, OK.  Do you think it’s too much to ask, given the current audience
(tinkerers), to add those packages to their config, or to install them
with “guix package -i”?

Admittedly this is a very subjective issue.

How about organizing Guix in a layered way, with the core distribution containing narrow-purpose packages (mostly one piece of software), and another layer (in a distinct module, perhaps with a distinct naming convention) containing collections of software that works well together or is useful for a specific application domain? I see other use cases than just desktop stuff.

The main rationale for distinct layers is that assembling software at different levels requires different competences and different ways of documenting the assemblies. In the long run, I'd expect different people to be in charge of each layer.


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