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Re: none

From: Jookia
Subject: Re: none
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:25:51 +1000
User-agent: Mutt/1.6.0 (2016-04-01)

On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 04:06:56AM +0200, Pjotr Prins wrote:
> A provocation: because of purism GNU Guix takes an elitist approach.
> I am thinking that we need another project because it appears to be
> impossible to combine low threshold with GNU Guix goals.
> How about Alt-Guix, a packaging effort without opinion. As long as a
> package builds it gets accepted. This can act as an incubator for main
> line. There will be no purist views on syntax, layout, license, github
> etc. The whole idea is to build on each others shoulders and anything
> that starts is a great contribution. 
> It would have accepted Erlang + Elixir packages half a year ago and
> made it possible to get people interested in these much earlier. Maybe
> they would have made it to main line already because more people got
> involved and wanted that.
> This is much closer to my idea of successful incremental FOSS
> projects, i.e., welcome all comers. I think that is part of the appeal
> of brew and conda. People need immediate gratification for work. 
> I understand the need for purism, and applaud the idea, but we are
> throwing up too many barriers.
> Because GNU Guix is an extreme, we can have the other extreme too. It
> would make it easier to invite people, train people and find packages
> now hiding behind GUIX_PACKAGE_PATHs.
> Pj.

I've wanted to do something like this, but what about carrying non-package
patches? ie for bootloader support on ARM and better device-mapper support

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