Let me also say to you that you speak about #Linux, #opensource and #freesoftware but you don't have even a federated/fediverse account, for the sake of what you profess it would be nice having you here for a real confrontation.
You stated that #RMS failed on all the fields he challenged, but this a lie as well as a misconception. Without RMS we would not have #GNU, the #GPL and consequently #Linux. He doesn't failed at all, however he hasn't win either. But it has been the main source of pressure against what Linux has became today, and today Linux sucks.
The #fsf movement is a mosquito among the elephants, too small but still able to annoy! In the good or the bad, RMS has been an unwieldy character, despite its stubbornness and attitude, because he created the impulse that launched everything we talk about daily and because his stuck with his ideals while all the others stakeholder have been trying constantly to hide the most important thing the: freedom.
Freedom is a true value while open source just means a developing method. Please don't overlap you personal feeling against him with the actual facts.
This is already a big success and then I tried to explore a bit how it works... The main goal for now is to install the "guest addition" in order to have better performance on the VM.
The first limit I found is the documentation, actually I always have been finding the Linux man pages uneasy to understand, somehow cryptic, with improbably examples. Anyway, First thing I tried to understand if there were collections that can help to get all the packages I needed for the build from source but I didn't find any. I found some packages that download with them a lot of others packages, so basically I had should be ready.
Then I inserted the virtual cd but there wasn't any virtual cd. I checked the setting of the DE, I installed XFCE4, and everything was already properly set up then I thought maybe was a matter of permits and groups. Actually I wasn't in cdrom group so I tried to add my user but there wasn't the package, then I installed the package but it didn't work as well. Thus reading the documentation, I understood that you have to edit or modify a configuration file (https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/en/guix.html#Using-the-Configuration-System), where it lies it still a mistery for me, but I admit that was my fault, I am not so smart. However after a while reading many times the documentation I gave up temporarily.
My second objective was to uninstall GDM3 for installing SLIM, I don't need GDM3 with Xfce4, thus I tried to figure out if a package is installed or not, so far I saw you can know almost everything about a package but not if this is installed. So far I saw, I said, so probably it was my fault again.
After that I decided to install an editor, to start I would install Geany, but not available, then I said that even Mousepad was fine, but unavailable. This made me suspicious... And I queried again through the terminal to see how many gui and user friendly editors were available on GuixSD and... and... and... panic!
As I might be expected from the official FSF Linux distro, it is practically wrapped around Emacs... That was too much for me, and hence I power off the VM and decided to take at least another week before to launch GuixSD again; but I am still confident eventually I will be able to use it.
#linux #guix #guixsd #fsf #freesoftware #opensource #foss #floss #noob #LinuxDesktop #linuxdistros
Ubuntu also decided to focus on a smaller set of packages respect to Debian, from which it derivates, and it takes care only the packages available on the "main" repo while all the others are in the "universe" repo and are handled by the community. However to release Ubuntu the packages in "universe" don't need to be bugs free like the ones in Debian. As a matter of fact Debian is released when all the critical bugs are closed, then basically all the packages in Debian stable are working while, even in a Ubuntu LTS, the packages that are in the universe repo can still be buggy.
An Ubuntu LTS can have software more updated than a Debian Stable but the latter is 100% reliable and secure. Ubuntu takes care only of the packages that are strategic for the Canonical's business and has several partnerships with hardware and softwares vendors to provide binaries blobs and closed software on his platform in the name of the pragmatism and customers satisfaction. Fine, but now is clear that Ubuntu is not the best choice for a pure linux distro, when you take out from Ubuntu the closed softwares you lost all the points that make Ubuntu a pragmatic distro and eventually you have just a distro with an unusual repositories organization and with most of those packages available quite buggy.
Even FSF noticed that and as a matter of fact they switched from Ubuntu to Debian for their gNewSense distro. It is important to remember that Debian was financed, long time ago, by the FSF itself because it actually promotes free software by default but it is not restrictive like the FSF does and that caused a separation that still continues.
My suggestion is, if you like to have a FSF endorsed distro based on deb you had better to avoid any Ubuntu derivates and move on the ones based on Debian like the already mentioned gNewSense or PureOS and don't forget that Debian is 100% free software by default.
#linux #ubuntu #debian #freesoftware #fsf #libresoftware #softwarelibre #linuxlibre #gnu #floss