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Re: GHM debriefing

From: ng0
Subject: Re: GHM debriefing
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:40:52 +0000


Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:

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> Hello!
> The GNU Hackers Meeting (GHM) took place last week, with ~50 people
> including 4 Guix hackers (less than at FOSDEM!).  I found myself talking
> 3 times (!) about Guix, hoping the audience would not saturate. ;-)
> Slides online, and hopefully videos will follow:
> The first talk was the usual status update in which I also talked about
> challenges that we face to scale up, how we address them and what
> remains to be done.
> On that topic, I had an interesting discussion with Nicolas Petton of
> Emacs about patch tracking.  Nicolas explained that Gitlab (free
> software) doesn’t have some of the technical defects that GitHub has; in
> particular it can rebase instead of merging, thereby helping preserve a
> linear history, and it can be dealt with “mostly” by email.  Perhaps we
> could try running an instance and see what it’s like.

Before you came up with gitlab, I started a thread[0] to see what the
feedback would be like, and some people mentioned gitlab.
Personal experience is not so much, but I prefer it over most systems
I've used now. We use it in a non-public instance for bug-tracking and I
just started using it on (too lazy to setup my own) for
adding an issues/milestones/roadmap feature to the preparation from $now
to live systems shipped with $applications and NixOS/GuixSD and more.

I would very much welcome the move to (a selfhosted) gitlab (instance),
even if it would only be for better patches and bugs tracking.
The current status (email in general) is terrible, and we can only move
The features gitlab offers look promising so far.

Also: someone should package gitlab for Guix ;)
Btw: I had a short view into the local doctors/hospital IT suppliers a
couple of years ago, and the solutions were 99% Windows based. I like
GNU/health (, having this as a package and
service could be another big selling point for Guix.

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