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* bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features
@ 2021-02-08 13:28 soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix
  2021-02-10 14:38 ` Maxime Devos
  2021-02-10 16:53 ` Leo Famulari
  0 siblings, 2 replies; 5+ messages in thread
From: soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix @ 2021-02-08 13:28 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 46385

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Users should be aware of anti-feature of packages.
It is best to have anti-feature tag in anti-feature packages so that user know which program has anti-features; Like F-Droid. Also, user should be aware of anti-feature during installation. And wherever this awareness is needed...

An example is Telegram, Telegram is a program that user connects to a proprietary server, and users who know less about computer softwares, are not aware of the anti-feature.

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* bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features
  2021-02-08 13:28 bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix
@ 2021-02-10 14:38 ` Maxime Devos
  2021-02-19 15:22   ` Ludovic Courtès
  2021-02-10 16:53 ` Leo Famulari
  1 sibling, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Maxime Devos @ 2021-02-10 14:38 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: soheil, 46385

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Hi,

On Mon, 2021-02-08 at 13:28 +0000, soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix wrote:
> Users should be aware of anti-feature of packages.
> It is best to have anti-feature tag in anti-feature packages so that user know
>  which program has anti-features; Like F-Droid. Also, user should be aware of
> anti-feature during installation. And wherever this awareness is needed...
> 
> An example is Telegram, Telegram is a program that user connects to a
> proprietary server, and users who know less about computer softwares,
> are not aware of the anti-feature.

I'll have to think some more on whether this is something Guix needs, but I
do have a partial concrete implementation proposal:

Packages can have a ‘properties’ field, e.g. from gnu/packages/bioconductors.scm:

(define-public r-reactome-db
  (package
    (name "r-reactome-db")
    (version "1.70.0")
    [...]
    (properties `((upstream-name . "reactome.db")))))

Maybe add a ‘anti-features’ entry field for some packages?
E.g.,

(define-public some-twitter-app
  (package
   (name "tweet")
   [...]
   (properties `((anti-features x y z)))))

x, y and z can be symbols, e.g. based upon from https://f-droid.org/en/docs/Anti-Features/

* ads (I don't think any application in Guix has these?)
* tracking (should be patched out if possible)
* non-free-network-services
* non-free-dependencies (probably not allowed in upstream Guix, but maybe in a channel)

The code behind ‘guix show’ and ‘guix search’ would need to
be adjusted to display anti-features, and the ‘guix install’ code
should warn if someone installs a package with anti-features.

Greetings,
Maxime

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* bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features
  2021-02-08 13:28 bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix
  2021-02-10 14:38 ` Maxime Devos
@ 2021-02-10 16:53 ` Leo Famulari
  1 sibling, 0 replies; 5+ messages in thread
From: Leo Famulari @ 2021-02-10 16:53 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 46385

On Mon, Feb 08, 2021 at 01:28:40PM +0000, soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix wrote:
> Users should be aware of anti-feature of packages.
> It is best to have anti-feature tag in anti-feature packages so that user know which program has anti-features; Like F-Droid. Also, user should be aware of anti-feature during installation. And wherever this awareness is needed...

I use F-Droid, but I dislike their "anti-feature" messaging. It's not
clear to me that it's an example we should follow.




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* bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features
  2021-02-10 14:38 ` Maxime Devos
@ 2021-02-19 15:22   ` Ludovic Courtès
  2022-06-09 21:12     ` Maxim Cournoyer
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Ludovic Courtès @ 2021-02-19 15:22 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Maxime Devos; +Cc: soheil, 46385

Hi,

Maxime Devos <maximedevos@telenet.be> skribis:

> I'll have to think some more on whether this is something Guix needs, but I
> do have a partial concrete implementation proposal:
>
> Packages can have a ‘properties’ field, e.g. from gnu/packages/bioconductors.scm:
>
> (define-public r-reactome-db
>   (package
>     (name "r-reactome-db")
>     (version "1.70.0")
>     [...]
>     (properties `((upstream-name . "reactome.db")))))
>
> Maybe add a ‘anti-features’ entry field for some packages?
> E.g.,
>
> (define-public some-twitter-app
>   (package
>    (name "tweet")
>    [...]
>    (properties `((anti-features x y z)))))
>
> x, y and z can be symbols, e.g. based upon from https://f-droid.org/en/docs/Anti-Features/
>
> * ads (I don't think any application in Guix has these?)
> * tracking (should be patched out if possible)
> * non-free-network-services
> * non-free-dependencies (probably not allowed in upstream Guix, but maybe in a channel)
>
> The code behind ‘guix show’ and ‘guix search’ would need to
> be adjusted to display anti-features, and the ‘guix install’ code
> should warn if someone installs a package with anti-features.

I’m sympathetic with the idea of raising awareness of those
anti-features.  However, I don’t see a clear way we could “define” each
possible anti-feature; some are definitely ill-defined (for instance, a
service is neither “free” nor “non-free” in the same sense as software
can be free or non-free.)  It’s also not entirely clear to me how the UI
could make good use of it.

That said, there are anti-features that we have always patched out in
the past, such as tracking/“phoning home” and auto-upgrades.  Perhaps we
could formalize that in our packaging guidelines?

Ludo’.




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* bug#46385: User awareness of Anti-Features
  2021-02-19 15:22   ` Ludovic Courtès
@ 2022-06-09 21:12     ` Maxim Cournoyer
  0 siblings, 0 replies; 5+ messages in thread
From: Maxim Cournoyer @ 2022-06-09 21:12 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Ludovic Courtès; +Cc: soheil, Maxime Devos, 46385

Hi,

Ludovic Courtès <ludo@gnu.org> writes:

[...]

>> * ads (I don't think any application in Guix has these?)
>> * tracking (should be patched out if possible)
>> * non-free-network-services
>> * non-free-dependencies (probably not allowed in upstream Guix, but maybe in a channel)
>>
>> The code behind ‘guix show’ and ‘guix search’ would need to
>> be adjusted to display anti-features, and the ‘guix install’ code
>> should warn if someone installs a package with anti-features.
>
> I’m sympathetic with the idea of raising awareness of those
> anti-features.  However, I don’t see a clear way we could “define” each
> possible anti-feature; some are definitely ill-defined (for instance, a
> service is neither “free” nor “non-free” in the same sense as software
> can be free or non-free.)  It’s also not entirely clear to me how the UI
> could make good use of it.

I agree.  It's not well defined, and to me following the FSDG seems an
already good warranty that you're getting only free software from a
project dedicated to fixing any freedom issues that may be discovered.

> That said, there are anti-features that we have always patched out in
> the past, such as tracking/“phoning home” and auto-upgrades.  Perhaps we
> could formalize that in our packaging guidelines?

It'd be good to have this documented, indeed.

Thanks,

Maxim




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