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Re: [GSoC] Draft proposal for an Install Wizard for Guix

From: Danny Milosavljevic
Subject: Re: [GSoC] Draft proposal for an Install Wizard for Guix
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:53:56 +0100

> One more thing to consider.  While you write this installer, you might
> want to think about how we can make the installation process itself as
> reproducible as possible.  One of Guix's features is reproducible
> software builds.  Shouldn't GuixSD also make it possible to reproduce
> the process of partitioning the system's disks, making its filesystems,
> and configuring the system for the first time?

Yeah, personally I'd like to have an emacs form which just displays config.scm 
(and stores it as a normal file) and has some inline documentation on what is 
what and maybe a treeview instead of visible S-Expression parens - and a 
validation process whether the stuff makes sense. When you exit, it just 
instantiates the system.

The partitioning & file system type should also be specified in a declarative 
way in the config [and arguably it already is].

Basically not a lot different from now but just more user-friendly and catching 
more mistakes before instantiation.

ncurses actually isn't as flexible - although it has the benefit that the 
average user is familiar with how it looks.

But it's just my preference, of course.

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