<lfam>Okay, the configure phase of the linux tarball does complain about a missing libpng when I remove it from the package inputs. So that's good
<piyo>question: kernel needs libpng for tux icons?
<DocPlatypus>have some questions about the 0.9.0 installer. I'm running into an issue where the installer can't find its partition. I am booting from an SD card, but the SD card reader on this system is hardwired USB so it should be the same as booting from a standard USB pen drive
<DocPlatypus>if I ",q" out of that of course it panics because it can't find its root fs
<DocPlatypus>only thing I can think of, and this really doesn't make much sense, but maybe the installer is dependent on the boot medium showing up as /dev/sda and all hell breaks loose if that's not the case?
<rekado>I don't know that. Hopefully somebody else can chime in with an idea.
<DocPlatypus>or it may not like the SD card reader on this laptop
<DocPlatypus>which is silly if true, but just in case I'm going to try again with an actual USB thumb drive
<rekado>I have never tested booting GuixSD from an SD card on my laptop.
<DocPlatypus>ok. well the USB thumb drive actually boots with no issues. so whatever issue there is, is specific to SD cards and/or the reader on this model laptop
<rekado>DocPlatypus: interesting. Could you please send an email to email@example.com?
<DocPlatypus>rekado: ok, will do later this morning. do I need to send the exact error message? because that I did not copy down
<rekado>DocPlatypus: the more info the better, but I think in this case it would be sufficient to know that you are thrown into a debug REPL upon booting from an SD card due to not finding the partition.
<enrico_>hello everybody and happy new year. Just one question: Is there a Live version of GuixSD? I would like to test it, but I don't want to install it before try it first :)
<rekado>enrico_: there is no default software for GuixSD. It really depends on your system configuration. This is why there is no usable "live" system. The installer itself is actually a live version of GuixSD, but it isn't a very useful system in itself.
<rekado>it just comes with enough software to conveniently instantiate a new system.
<enrico_>thank you. So I really need to install it on my hard disk to test it?
<rekado>you could also install it in a virtual machine.
<rekado>or you could use Guix (the package manager) on top of your current system.
<rekado>The fun part of using GuixSD is in how the system is configured (namely through a single configuration file that can be instantiated).
<enrico_>yes, I was thinking about it but a virtual machine has lower performance. I'm now using Ubuntu, so i could install guix (only the package manager)?
<rekado>you can play with the package manager on its own on top of any GNU/Linux system.
<rekado>note that Guix as a package manager on other distros requires a little more plumbing (e.g. setting of environment variables) than on GuixSD.
<rekado>GuixSD obviously integrates Guix a lot better, but you can still benefit from the nice package management features on a foreign distro.
<rekado>I do recommend skimming the manual and/or watching one of the talks on the Guix website.
<rekado>many questions are anticipated therein; otherwise Guix might seem a little confusing at first.
<enrico_>I've downloaded the last talk right now :) I'll also check the manual/documentation before try it. Now i have to go but I don't disconnect so if you have something else to write I'll read as soon as i come back. For now: thank you very much!
<rekado>enrico_: nice! Do ask for help here. There are usually many friendly people around who can help.
<rekado>we also have a mailing list for help: firstname.lastname@example.org
<enrico_>@rekado I love to help these good projects like Guix. I only hope they can be well supported because I've seen that too many free distros or free projects seem dead. Many of the full-free distros recommended from the FSF are not developed anymore
<cehteh>some are just mature and get infrequent updates :D
<enrico_>you are right, but I think there are too many distros and every distro has few developer, if they join together they can work better and with lower workload, I suppose. But this is only my opinion and I'm not a developer, just a FOSS fan :-)
<nucleria>Hi. I'm trying to install GuixSD on my iMac. I've used both a USB flash drive and an SDHC card, both 8 gigabytes. The computer's hard disk is empty except for the boot manager, ReFind. When I boot into either device with the boot manager, I get a no operating system found, insert disk and press any key to continue, but I don't have a DVD or CD and can't get past this. Any help?
<jin__>try alt key where imac starting to select any device