@ambrevar As a non-programming #emacs enthusiast, I'm very interested in this list. Will check it out, thanks a lot


thank you for this post

I didn' t lknow about btrfs and zfs, that's very interesting

Also, I' m in the process of getting my feet wet with Racket in these days

Emacs, Git and Guix are definitively for programmers and your non programmer friends are gonna hate you for those suggestions

Even some programmers are gonna hate you for those suggestions

I enjoyed the post nonetheless ! 😄


Thanks, glad you like it!

The admitted goal of the article is to raise the bar, hence the recommendations with a somewhat steep learning curve.


Regarding Emacs: you might be surprised, I've actually got a couple of non-programmer friends to use it. With minimal configuration (e.g. CUA bindings), it gets the job done.

Git: There is Git Kraken and it does an amazing job, some non-programmer friends have no problem using it. I didn't mention it in the article since it's non-free.

Guix: It mostly needs an easy-to-use interface for package management, then anyone can use it. I'd like to work on it in the months to come.


good luck !

As for GitKraken ; i have taken a look at it these days

You should have mentioned it !

When there' s no valid free alternative, then I think we can mention proprietary software


To be honest, since guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-s I feel uncomfortable with #Guix.

What I've read there and on freesw.org/ puzzles me.

Looks like #OpenSource that finally replaced #FreeSoftware inside the #FSF is attacking the #GNU movement, now.

@Shamar @ambrevar Good to know that Code of Conduct and strong stance against abuse from holy cows makes you uncomfortable.

I love Guix even more now.

@Shamar Hi! I understand the bewilderment: I believe the Joint Statement has little to do with Guix itself and does not belong to the website. I'm not on the list myself and I can only be sure that Guix will go on, regardless of the statement. I hope this reassures you and does not deter you from using this wonderful program/concept/OS :)


I followed a bit the debate on the mailing list. But frankly, since it's still on the website and nobody published a "Joint Statement fix", #Guix last word is written down there.

I'm a #Debian #GNU #Linux user since "Potato", but after the #systemd outcome I was looking for an alternative.

I like some of the technical features of Guix / #Nix but honestly... I can't support a project joining the lynching of a man for what he _said_.

So in fact, all I can appreciate the concept, that "joint statement" really deter my usage of Guix.

#Software is a form of #expression.

#FreeSoftware IS #FreeSpeech.

I know there are #OpenSource people who pretend to ignore what happened and celebrate it like a #CoC success or so.

What I find very daunting is seeing this happening within #FSF and #GNU.

#Google is winning. 🤮

@Shamar @ambrevar Yes, Guix is GPLed plot to bring power to open source and Google.

Excluding a holy cow for repeated abuse of his position is a lynch!

Not giving a community‑driven platform to assholes is a freedom of speech issue.

PS GNU Shephard is inspired by systemd.

In conclusion go to some antisystemd distro where toxicity and vitriol is protected freedom of speech.


Did you noticed your aggressive tone?

That's the usual approach of people supporting #CoC, #workplace like management (aka exploitation) of highly specialized #volunteer work, and #hacker marginalization.

I have no time for you. 😘



PS: I noticed you didn't signed such statement. I really appreciate it.

But still, your work is contributing to that same project. Even if you don't like it.

@ambrevar wow, a well-written article. Thank you Ambrevar. Also, I really like you previous article "Guix: A most advanced operating system". I could learn so much from your articles, and you use Emacs, and you licensed them as CC BY-SA. Really like it.

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