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Re: Guix on macOS

From: Christopher Allan Webber
Subject: Re: Guix on macOS
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:58:12 -0500
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Ricardo Wurmus writes:

> Christopher wrote this:
>> Is there a way to maybe run Guix in some sort of namespaced or some
>> variant of "virtualized" or "contained" way that we could recommend for
>> OSX users, without having to bend over backwards to accomodate a
>> different libc and etc?
> In order to use the Hypervisor framework that macOS 10.10 and higher
> provide we would need to use Xcode, so we couldn’t even build a tool
> like that without relying on proprietary software.  But we don’t have to
> build a tool like that, because it already exists in the form of virtual
> machine applications (or even Docker for Mac).
> The best we could do on macOS is to run applications in a GNU virtual
> machine and try hard to make them blend in.  That’s not really
> appealing, neither technically nor practically, in my opinion.

I think someone told me this is exactly how Docker does it, or used to
do it, for quite some time.  So we'd hardly be alone... :)

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