[Dev] GNOME Software, archlinux-appstream-data, and Flatpak

Félicien Pillot felicien at gnu.org
Fri Jun 1 07:23:02 GMT 2018


Reading your description of flatpacks, I can't resist thinking about GNU
Guix [0].

This standalone package manager (and even standalone system distribution if
you wish) provides quite the same features: non-conflicting environment,
per-user package management, multiple versions or dependencies tree on the
same system, reproducible builds, etc. And it follows the FSDG, providing
only 100% free software.

It provides _all_ GNU packages (which most distros don't provide, btw) and
a lots of other packages[1], such as GNOME desktop environment. With little
skills in coding Scheme, it is also very easy to write your own package
recipes [2], and share it with community (as long as it is remains in

Guix is installable on any distro as a standalone package manager, and I
don't think it will ever be blacklisted by Parabola, because it *really*
provides and recommends only free software, and uses a completely separated
workflow to manage packages, system-wide and per-user.

So, why don't you give it a try ?

[0] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Package-Management.h
[1] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/packages/
[2] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/html_node/Defining-Packages.ht

Félicien Pillot
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