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Propellor tracks which OS's a property supports at the type level. So to add a new OS, you have to at least add the types for it.

I imagine that UnixLike should cover Nixos well enough for most things, but perhaps there will be some places Nix diverges too much from standard unix practice for that to work, perhaps something to do with filesystem layout.

If you look for "Arch Linux" in the git log you'll find a patch set that is a good example of the kind of changes you'll need to make.

Comment by joey
NixOS Support

G'day Joey. Loving this body of work. Thank you.

After 20+ years of Debian everywhere, I switched to NixOS on my desktop 5 weeks ago.

I'd like to keep using Propellor for that NixOS machine as well as my Debian fleet.

Before I started trying to hack in support for NixOS, I thought I'd run a sanity check up the flag pole: is hacking in NixOS something I will actually need to do? (or does "Unixlike" cover most of my scenarios?)

Comment by craige
Can't really blame GitHub?

They both popularized and exploited a few design flaws of git. Rushing all eggs into another centralized basket is not really the lesson to be learned here.

Git is not the only DVCS. It's just the one clinging to repositories-are-fileshrubbery thing. Nobody HAS TO make do with it merely because it's popular (again, GitHubs fault). Decentralization buys you nothing with an implied monoculture.

Comment by Mario
rate limit

Checking each issue for new comments takes an API call. The API is paginated == more API calls the more issues and comments there are. Finding comments attached to commits is additional API calls (and there was not a way to discover them other than trying every commit in turn last I checked). Repositories can have forks, which can have issues, which can have comments, for piles more API calls. (I know about this in some detail because I've written software to deal with all of it. It's constantly rate limited.)

And then, most developers are not involved with a single software project. It's not uncommon to have dozens of dependencies you want to keep an eye on or are tangentially involved with in your work on a single project. Out of all your other projects.

12 hours to check something out is not fertile ground for a distributed ecosystem to develop: As evidence see the lack of such an ecosystem.

Comment by joey
Man management-level folks are older...

I wonder how many closed-source companies using github have managers that remember "DOS ain't done 'till Lotus don't run" and are regretting making their family jewels available to MS. And someone else being payed for it.

I haven't seen the closed-source, private repo contracts, so they might have appropriate protections.

Comment by jason

I wholeheartedly agree on the vendor lock-in with issues and pull requests. I've had a feeling that GitHub sort of well-intendedly hijacked open source communities. A few months ago, that pushed me to develop a resilient, future-proof, decentralized issue tracker that I later generalized for other problems as well (SIT). I wrote a bit about my vision when I first announced it: “Under the Covers of Code”

I really wanted to build something as future-proof and resilient as I can imagine, so SIT ended up not being specific to Git or any other SCM but instead relies on simple additive sets of files.

Comment by yrashk
comment 10

The API rate limit is 5000 requests per hour. If that's a barrier to you extracting your project data, then you're clearly doing something wrong.

Also, the word you're looking for is "criterion". Be more precise in your vocabulary!

Comment by gramplestramp
gists and wikis

Consider all the data that's used to provide the value-added features on top of git. Issue tracking, wikis, notes in commits, lists of forks, pull requests, access controls, hooks, other configuration, etc. Is that data stored in a git repository?

Github avoids doing that

Not quite true. Both gists and wiki pages are backed by git.

Comment by
Pagure as a replacement for GitHub

Consider all the data that's used to provide the value-added features on top of git. Issue tracking, wikis, notes in commits, lists of forks, pull requests, access controls, hooks, other configuration, etc. Is that data stored in a git repository?

Fedora's Pagure mostly satisfies this requirement. All issues, comments, PR metadata, etc. are stored as Git repositories internally. You can pull, commit, and push through it that way. It also supports "remote pull requests" where the git repository of the source branch isn't hosted on the same server as the repo being targeted. The source repo doesn't even have to run Pagure!

It uses Gitolite underneath to manage ACLs, and that isn't managed through Git repos, but instead through the application with settings in the database. But I'd argue all the meaningful information is available in a useful form.

Comment by ngompa
There is some effort to get issues into the repository itself:
Comment by girst
comment 5

@colbyrussell, my guess is you logged in by email with I've adjusted the nickname displayed.

To your point: I have done a fair bit of exploration of what makes sense to shoehorn into git and how to do it, and issues and PRs and project configuration data are really pretty trivial to do. And it's been done, many times before -- -- but applies to those efforts. So I'm not suggesting this from a naive position.

And while your logic is impeccible, so is the relentless logic of VC backed startups and how they develop. No criteria are perfect (see above footnote), but I do feel this is a good one, and better in this case than "is it free software?" for pointing in the direction of some solutions. (Combine the two criteria and you get the Franklin Street Statement..)

Comment by joey
comment 4
I don't know why that comment is showing up as coming from "joeyh"; that's actually me (, and I didn't select any option to attribute it to "joeyh" (or in any other way, for that matter).
Comment by colbyrussell
Git repos and abstraction level

That first paragraph is a killer opener, like a song that's ridiculously good by how brutal it manages to be because of the way every line packs a punch.

Having said that, it doesn't follow that because GitHub made deliberate choices for anticompetitive lock-in, then another solution—say, a P2P one—should therefore store projects' "extras" in Git repos.

In other words:

If $PARTY had chosen Git for $USECASE, it wouldn't have let them achieve lock-in, does not mean, project extras stored in something besides Git necessarily results in lock-in. It's possible that Git repos are the entirely wrong abstraction for this. Indeed, insisting on stuffing all the auxiliary stuff into Git, too, (and all the implications of choosing those constraints) strongly smells of that phenomenon where people pick up one abstraction and then try to shoehorn it in everywhere else, regardless of whether it's well-suited for that use case or not. I write this even knowing your affinity and relationship to Git with git-annex & co.

Comment by colbyrussell
comment 2

And data is the plural of datum. Except in common usage neither is.

And this kind of pedantry feels like a tactic.

Oh, and your comment was committed to git, so at least it demonstrated something useful.

Comment by joey
Hi, just an FYI that I thought might be appreciated: criteria is a plural form of the word criterion
Comment by moses.skoda
solar thermal refridgerators
An interesting experiment might be to convert your old propane fridge to use solar thermal as its heat source. There's several open hardware experiments in the solar thermal space. Same thing for solar refridgeration.
Comment by markvdb
comment 2

12v fridges are also much more expensive than regular consumer goods, the premium is often 400%.

They may be a little more efficient due to better insulation. They don't seem to use any less watts when running.

You can buy a lot of solar panels for the $900 I saved on going with a regular chest freezer. Almost as many solar panels as I am using to power it..

Comment by joey
You should look into some of the fridges used on expeditions. They are much more efficient than regular fridges and run on 12 volt systems.
Comment by regimbal.grant
ethics and open source

Google Inc may be opposed to AGPL but other interested parties may well happily take it.

I think you are misusing an open source license to achieve an ethical purpose.

If you want to be 100% sure that your open source work is not used for “evil” you could add to the license the line "The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil" (see JSLint).

But then who checks what is "evil"?

You probably need to set up a bureaucracy with "certificates" issued by independent third partes do demonstrate that the purpose is "not evil" (as you need if you want to sell "organic" food).

Comment by paolo.greppi