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Re: package manager guix on Windows and OSX

From: jbranso
Subject: Re: package manager guix on Windows and OSX
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 19:07:36 +0000

June 24, 2021 2:26 PM, "Patricio Martínez" <> wrote:

> Do anyone know the posibilities about install Guix on another system
> diferent of Linux?

Awesome! I love speculating on topics I know virtually nothing about!  Most
of my information comes from a mailing list thread that is about a year old.
So the situation may be better than I describe it.  :)

The easiest way is to use GNU Guix on Windows is WSL (Windows subsystem
for Linux):

I'm not a big fan of that, because of Window's history of "embrace, extend,
extinguish."  And that only lets you run Guix in Windows...what about Mac? 
The Hurd?  React Os?  Redox Os?

GNU Guix runs entirely on GNU Guile with some C++ for the build daemon.

C++ is fairly portable. That bit should be possible to port, though I
believe that the development plan is to eventually rewrite the C++ build
daemon in GNU Guile.

GNU Guile is the tricky bit.  To the best of my knowledge, the newer
versions of GNU Guile run exclusively on GNU/Linux, which is NOT the
fault of the Guile developers!  It's REALLY HARD to port things to all
OSes.  None of the Guile developers are paid for their fabulous work.
And it's not like Windows or Mac make it easy to port to their platform.

Though, the Lilypond developers did get guile 2.2 version working on Windows.

So did the gnucash guys for GNU Guile 2.2, but it is fairly tough to
get it to build:

Also, it's a 32-bit GNU Guile that was ported to windows and it does
not supports thread.

Also Guile 3.0's JIT works on lightening, which is a C library (program ?).
And I do not know if that supports Windows.  But C is really portable.  :)

> Thanks you very much and sorry for my english

It was marvelous English! You should teach it!

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