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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Guix and FSDG

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Guix and FSDG
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:45:25 -0500

On Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:10:38 -0500 Raghav wrote:
> But should the current FSDG be revised?
> The current FSDG was constructed based on conventional
> approaches to free system distributions.
> But guix, instead of distributing
> free or de- blobbed source code, it distributes package
> definitions and scripts
> instead of soely relying on distribution's
> build farm. This new approach by guix, provides users a
> favourable platform and oppurtunity, to build a whole free
> system completely from scratch

we can dispense with the premise of the FSDG being based on an
out-dated distribution model, and that publishing recipes is
something novel - its not germane to the issue and is incorrect

power-user oriented distros such as gentoo and arch have worked
exactly that way since nearly 20 years ago - most distros have
tools to assist users in re-building packages from source if
they want to; and even trisquel, with a predominantly
non-technical user-base, publishes librification recipes for the
curious and enthusiastic - the icecat 'makeicecat' script is
no different in this respect - does that put icecat outside of
the FSDG? - icecat is in fact the FSDG recommendation for
replacing firefox and chromium

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