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Re: GuixSD qcow2 image for GNOME Boxes?

From: Leo Famulari
Subject: Re: GuixSD qcow2 image for GNOME Boxes?
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:42:09 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.24 (2015-08-30)

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 10:15:35PM -0500, Marc Dunivan wrote:
> Help Guix:
> On there are a number of 
> gnu-system-demo*.qcow2 images. However, the latest file was modified on 
> 2014-04-09 and doesn't seem to open in GNOME Boxes.
> I am hoping to use GNOME Boxes to explore GuixSD without installing it on my 
> PenguinWee.
> Are their instructions on how to create a GuixSD qcow2 image in the Guix 
> webpages? Can one take the guix-usb-install-0.9.0.x86_64-linux.xz files and 
> create an image that GNOME Boxes can use?

If you simply want to try out GuixSD without installing to bare metal,
there are a number of tools in `guix system` [0] that can do this for
you, although I don't know about using them with GNOME Boxes.

`guix system` can give you read-only and read-write QEMU images, raw
disk images suitable for a USB flash drive, and it can also launch the
system in a container. The disk-image tool is used to create the
guix-usb-install-0.9.0.x86_64-linux.xz file [1].

In each case, you'll need an operating system configuration as
introduced here:

I hope that helps!


[1] See section 7.1.5:

> Respectfully,
> Marc

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