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Re: Question about one package

From: Charles Direg
Subject: Re: Question about one package
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2021 21:30:41 -0600

Hello Ricardo and jbranso, thank you very much for your reply.

I appreciate your comments and will take them into account.

Agreed Ricardo, I will read the cookbook, thanks for the recommendation ...
If I would like to continue learning Guix and especially put it as my main
system, only that I was missing that package to use it on a daily basis.

Another question, how could I change the theme in GNOME? Since in other
distros, it was simply to put the theme in /usr/share/themes, how could I
do it in guix?

Thank you very much again.

On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 3:47 PM Ricardo Wurmus <> wrote:

> Hi there,
> > First of all, I apologize for using a Gmail email, it happens that I do
> not
> > know any mail server that is free, but, if you could give me any
> > recommendation in this regard, I would greatly appreciate it.
> There’s nothing wrong with using an email server that is operated by
> somebody else, so there’s absolutely no need to apologize.
> Furthermore, it’s up to *you* what software you use.  Some people
> construe the use of proprietary software or centralized services as a
> moral failing of some sort — it certainly is not.  Proprietary software
> denies those who use it control.  That is why it is injust.
> We only ask that proprietary software should not be endorsed or
> discussed on the Guix project communication channels.  But nobody should
> judge others for the software they choose to use (or accept to be used
> by).
> > The software that is on this page:
> >
> > From my perspective, it is free software, since it is published under the
> > GPL, however it is not within the Guix repository, could you add it so
> that
> > it can be available? I'm not so sure how to create the package, so I come
> > to you.
> If you are interested in learning how to package this, we could do this
> together.  This is a Qt5 application – we have a couple of those in the
> repository.  The file lists a few dependencies, most of which
> look familiar to me.  The only difficult part might be to integrate the
> AVR GCC toolchain, but we can cross that bridge when we get there.
> If you like to give it a try, I suggest you read and follow along in the
> packaging tutorial in the Cookbook:
> Once you have a rough understanding of how things are designed to work
> we can work on this package together here on  Sounds
> good?
> > And finally, I am a university student, so I am forced to use proprietary
> > services under the web such as Google Meet, Gmail, etc. Could it be
> > feasible to use guix with these services without compromising freedom, or
> > would it be better to continue using Windows for these areas?
> At least for Gmail there’s a way to use it without proprietary software
> (= their JavaScript that your browser mindlessly executes).  You can use
> Gmail as an IMAP/POP + SMTP server and connect to it with free software.
> I no longer use Gmail, but the solution I use also works for Gmail:
> offlineimap (for synchronizing a local copy of my email with the IMAP
> server), msmtpd (for sending emails through the remote SMTP server), mu
> (for local indexing and search), and mu4e (for a mail client in Emacs).
> --
> Ricardo

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