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Re: CDN Test Results - Should We Continue Using a CDN?

From: mikadoZero
Subject: Re: CDN Test Results - Should We Continue Using a CDN?
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 15:25:13 -0400
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Thank you for correcting my false assumptions and sharing that link.

Ricardo Wurmus writes:

> mikadoZero <address@hidden> writes:
>> In "14.4.1 Software Freedom" of the Guix manual it says that Guix is free
>> software and follows the free software distribution guidelines.
>> Is using a proprietary non free CDN as a core part of Guix's
>> infrastructure in conflict with Guix's software freedom?
> Two things:
> 1) It is not a core part of Guix’s infrastructure.  People who want to
> bypass the CDN can do so by fetching substitutes from
> instead of  People can also opt out of getting substitutes
> all together or choose to get them from some other build farm.  (The
> build farm is little more than another Guix user.)
> 2) “proprietary” / “non-free” terminology does not apply to services.
> See also
> This is a case of “Service as a Hardware Substitute” where we pay to use
> hardware that we do not physically control to substitute for having to
> own and maintain hardware at a large number of physical locations in the
> world.
>> Using a proprietary CDN has the potential for an unplanned increase in
>> workload.  This is because of the combination of vendor lock in and
>> product line discontinuation.  Which could create unplanned rework of
>> setting up a CDN elsewhere.  This hinders Guix's resource planning by
>> introducing the potential for surprise rework.
> There is no vendor lock in.  We can drop and have dropped the use of a
> CDN without service interruption.  If the CDN service were to be
> discontinued we would simply revert to not offering package distribution
> via CDN.

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