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Re: Guix on the MNT Reform

From: Jonathan McHugh
Subject: Re: Guix on the MNT Reform
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 09:02:12 +0000

Hi Joshua,

That is excellent news. 

I will send you a private mail, as I now have a greater (indirect) interest in 
git repos being rapidly deployable - think TildeGit

OpenBSD Amsterdam has raised €14,395 for the OpenBSD Foundation through their 
VPS services (10 EUR VPS/PA 15 EUR VPS/renewal)

I had a very positive experience with Mischa, who oversees that service.

A OpenBSD friend has a high opinion of the implementation, mentioning that 
practical concerns mean that some facets are upstream of that OS. He should be 
approachable should you have any points of concern for your project. Who knows, 
maybe you can even do some cross selling for your respective services....)

As for me, I try to avoid actively consuming services operative within privacy 
repealing legislative domains (such a pity). However, you can still count me in 
for a small donation (woo, money for nowt!), certainly in reciprocation for 

I will first consider your server offer for a donation for my local 
hackerspace, HSBXL - though I dont know if the shipping fees (and custom 
charges) would counter the generosity. Focus may preclude me maintaining any 
pooled infrastructure there (I prefer banjaxing my setups instead), though I am 
negotiating greater input on forge management. Im the only Guix user at that 
coterie, so the hypervisor's governance would likely remain heterogenous (in 
lieu of its membership).

Nethertheless, your ambition does need replicating at an EEA level, Id like to 
be able to provide peripheral input (from 2022 at least). I may stalk Neutrinet 
meetups for stimulus and ideas.

I look forward to viewing the interview (I used to interview musicians in a 
previous life, I miss the practice)

I shall pass on the gossip concerning Libre-Soc's positive growth (Im heartened 
to read that NLNet have seeded them)

Jonathan McHugh

August 30, 2021 1:28 AM, "Joshua Branson" <> wrote:

> "Jonathan McHugh" <> writes:
>> Hi Joshua,
>> It does appear from the website that 4GB is the peak. It would be nice
>> to take advantage of the open schematics and replace enough hardware
>> to overcome this but that would be wasteful indulgence.
>> Personally, I probably should prioritise a solid desktop/server to
>> handle more onerous chores (such as buildfarming and compiling). And
>> also a superb external keyboard... and then wait until the wheels fall
>> off one of my laptops machines.
> I'm down for that! I'm actually hoping to crowdfund/purchase a Raptor
> server. There's a local ISP in town here. Most of the businesses use
> it. I could approach them and ask how much it would cost to host a
> server at their property. Then it's just a matter of convincing people
> to help me raise $9,000. Something like, let's get a Guix Power9 build
> server that guix people can hack on. If you give $10, you get a
> webpage/gemini webpage for a year. If you donate
> $20, you get the previous perks plus an email account and so on. Would
> you like to help me work on this?
>> Im still jealous of your 32GB Ram server, if you have enough ICT
>> signal you may as well switch to a leaner laptop which interacts with
>> your mothership.
> That 32GB RAM server is for sale! For $200 I can sell it to you for
> 16GB of RAM. For $300 I can sell it for 16GB of RAM. If you live in
> the U.S., shipping would be pretty easy.
>> FYI, Im getting increasing satisfaction from Gemini - so my RAM needs should 
>> be shrinking
>> considerably.
>> Also, because of the Guix Linode cookbook (thanks guys!) I even got around 
>> to pushing out a Gemini
>> capsule.
>> =>
>> Linode-Server
> Haha. Chris Lemmer-Webber wrote the guide. I just put it in the
> cookbook. :)
>> Im really pleased that Guix is getting a grip on how to manage open hardware 
>> and more FOSS centric
>> infrastructure.
>> Thanks for the pointer re Luke Leighton, i hope to investigate that
>> down the road. Also, curious about the intersection between the MNT
>> Reform team and Amiga hardware (extensions?).
> I interview him a week or two ago? He's got some really ambitious
> plans for it. He's also hiring for hardware/software developers.
> (The video is also available on the non-free platform. You know which
> one). :)
>> Kind regards,
>> Jonathan
>> August 29, 2021 9:10 PM, "Joshua Branson" <> wrote:
>>> "Jonathan McHugh" <> writes:
>> I hope you are enjoying the mechanical keyboard, it seems great!
>>> The MNT reform does seem like my dream laptop. I do want a mechanical
>>> keyboard. What's the max RAM on the reform? I thought it was 4GB?
>>> Sounds pretty low...
>>> Though I do like what Luke Leighton is doing with the power SOC/GPU.
>> ====================
>> Jonathan McHugh
>> August 17, 2021 7:24 PM, "Christine Lemmer-Webber" <> 
>> wrote:
>> Hi! Well my MNT Reform arrived. I'd like to start putting Guix on it
>> but I'm kind of low on time right now...
>> I wonder if anyone else has started making progress towards this?
>> What I'd love: a tutorial that says "here are the steps to make an sd
>> card you can boot your reform with"!
>> Christopher Lemmer Webber writes:
>> I'm very excited to see the MNT Reform launch:
>> Completely hackable laptop; all the designs (that are possible) are
>> libre, and you can even 3d print to replace many of the parts.
>>> --
>>> Joshua Branson (jab in #guix)
>>> Sent from Emacs and Gnus
>>> "You can have whatever you want, as long as you help
>>> enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar
> --
> Joshua Branson (jab in #guix)
> Sent from Emacs and Gnus
> "You can have whatever you want, as long as you help
> enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

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