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Re: Distributing Guix System Pinebook Pro images

From: Mathieu Othacehe
Subject: Re: Distributing Guix System Pinebook Pro images
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 11:52:24 +0200
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I managed to build a Guix System image with the Sway WM for the Pinebook
Pro. The image is quite large (~6GiB) but it is bootable and works fine.

Here are the steps I followed:

* I built a cross-compiled barebones Pinebook Pro image as described in
  my previous email.

* I used that image to turn the Pinebook Pro into an offload machine.

* From my main x86_64 machine, I ran the following command:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
guix system image ~/tmp/pinebook.scm -s aarch64-linux
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

The pinebook.scm file is attached.

* I flashed the image and booted from it, exactly like for the
  cross-compiled image.

This is an interesting first step as generating desktop images for ARM
devices is really convenient.

Using the ARM machine as an offload machine to build a native ARM image
from an Intel machine is less convenient though. I would really like to
be able to build this same image using cross-compilation. The recent
series sent by Maxime are making this goal more realistic.



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