On Mon, 2021-02-08 at 13:28 +0000, soheil--- via Bug reports for GNU Guix wrote:
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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.
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:
(properties `((upstream-name . "reactome.db")))))
Maybe add a ‘anti-features’ entry field for some packages?
(properties `((anti-features x y z)))))
* ads (I don't think any application in Guix has these?)
* tracking (should be patched out if possible)
* 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.