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Re: Guix on Smartphones

From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Re: Guix on Smartphones
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 11:35:10 -0500
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Matias Jose Seco Baccanelli <>

> Good January Guixers!
> I write you regarding a curiosity related to the mobile arena.
> I was trying to discover an overview of the present requirements to
> achieve a Guix System version for smartphones, so i was wondering if
> the following were the main points needed for:
> a) Hardware:
> - ARM architecture (i suppose also Risc-V will be popular)

Guix does support ARM, but the majority of users are X86_64, so that's
where the best guix support likely is.  Perhaps someone using guix on
Arm can comment here.

> - Open Source firmware for included components (Wifi, Modem, GPS,..)*
> *if there are firmware blobs, they can  be considered safe once they're
> properly isolated ?

Guix is a free software distribution.  It will not distribute non-free
components.  These things may be considered safe, but guix will not
ship any non-free firmware blobs.

> b) Software Stack:
> - reading PureOS experience, they were able to integrate
>   existing software which runs fine on both Desktop and Mobile formats
> - KDE Neon ?
> As you can see, my main question is about a big-picture on having the
> chance to run Guix System with GNU/Linux mobile libre-apps/tools on
> top.

It's certainly possible to use guix system on a mobile phone.  Has
anyone done it yet?

> Cheers,
> have a happy hacking,
> Matias

Joshua Branson (joshuaBPMan in #guix)
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