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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Developing free non-gnu operating systems

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Developing free non-gnu operating systems
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:57:45 +0200
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Jean Louis <> writes:

* Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli <> [2021-09-30 17:11]:
Guix has some of these programming language package managers too. The advantage of Guix over other distributions here is that it is in better
position to fix things if something goes wrong.

This reminds me of the issue I have filed in Guix and which was
competely ignored since years related to GPL liense compliance, which
was re-filed and mentioned again and then again ignored.

Please tell us the issue numbers so that we can see the discussions.

(Ignoring your submissions may have coincided with your pattern of abusive behavior on our mailing lists.)

From GPLv3:

  6. Conveying Non-Source Forms.

Guix does convey non-source forms of software.

It has binary substitutes.  These are not source code.

3. Guix does not maintain responsibility to remain obligated to ensure that packages are available for as long as needed. They should host
   source code in my opinion, but I think they don't.

We cache source code for as long as it is feasible. We have lots of disk space, but that will eventually run out. We also partner with Software Heritage, where we download source code (identified by hash) if the source code is not on our disks.


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