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Re: Installing custom kernel on Intel NUC using USB and no network(newbi

From: swedebugia
Subject: Re: Installing custom kernel on Intel NUC using USB and no network(newbie question)
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:01:26 +0200

Hi Will

I never played with guix archive so I will just comment on what I advise you to do.

On 2019-07-13 18:41, Will Schenk wrote:
I'm playing around with guixsd and am really impressed with the work so far!  I've been unpacking the installer and configuration trying to understand how it works.  so if there's a more straightforward way to do this that would be great also, but I have some questions on how guix itself works.

I'm trying to install guix on a IntelNUC where I don't have access to a wired connection.  This requires me to use the iwlwifi-firmware.

I never used guix with wifi. Is there a free iwl driver in linux-libre? If not I advise you to buy a free software compatible wifi-stick. See

I have a docker container on my OSX machine that installs guix on a debian image, and from there I add another channel to guix that has the standard linux kernel.  From there I build an installation iso that I copy to USB key, boot the nuc off of, and am able to install the system over WiFi and everything is great.

This sounds overly complicated if all you want to do is try guix system on the NUC.

My plan was to then change my /etc/config.scm file to include the packages that I built in the docker container to provision the system with a different kernel.  What I can't figure out is how to copy the package over in a way that guix system reconfigure can see them just using a USB stick.

Building a custom kernel is not something I would recommend beginners of Guix System. I have only seen a few do it and they had many months of experience.


Question 3:

It seems crazy to me that I'm downloading everything over and over.  At the office (where I was playing with this) we have fiber, but right here we have a terrible network connection so downloading multiple times is painful.  Is there a way to setup a local mirror of the builds (I'm waiting for ipfs backing for this obvious.)

It seems you have access to fast wired internet. I advise you to take the NUC somewhere and plug it in and wait for it to download everything. Guix is somewhat (maybe 25% compared to parabola and 35% compared to Debian) more bandwidth hungry than your average distribution from my experience.

Anyway, what I really dont understand is the guix archive behavior and why that didn't work, and how to reference the packages once they've been imported into either my profile and especially the config.scm.

Guix archive is not used a lot to my knowledge. I would avoid it as a beginner. Running guix publish to move packages is much more user friendly.

Thanks, and I'm very excited to be playing with guix!

Cool! Hope you find a solution that works for you.


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