Re: hurd does NOT need /hurd
On Mon, May 20, 2002 at 04:16:03PM +0200, Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> > Just for some perspective, the thing that's stopping it from release
> > is that it doesn't work (it's been a year since I last knew what was
> > wrong, but missing partitioning tools, firewalling tools, an installer,
> > and massive incompatible bin format changes come to mind; I've no idea
> > how accurate they are as criticisms today though).
partitioning tools: done upstream, needs only to trickle down
(we need parted > 1.6)
firewall: I don't see how this is release critical at all.
installer: oh well, yeah, definitely. debootstrap won't be too hard
(although the lack of translator support in tar calls for a different hack
than packaging the /dev directory into a tar file), but that is only a
small part of the installer that we have a native implementation for
years, so we know the issues. I don't know about busybox, for example.
Maybe Glenn can clue us in.
the glibc ABI change (if that is what is meant with massive incom...)?
Debian GNU/Linux had two of them after the first release, IIRC.
We had one before the first release. Looks like we are in better shape :)
It was a good thing that it happened.
On my list is: Make GRUB boot from CD. is that still an issue
> I think the things that's stopping it from a release are the number of
> packages ported, Marcus could correct me here if I'm right.
Personally, I couldn't care less if we release with 74% or with 86%, as long
as all the important packages people rightfully expect to be there are
indeed there. I can immediately think of record locking, shared mem, and
semaphores, as well as pthreads (which is a biggie and a showstopper, which
is really an unfortunate combination).
And I personally want to see the switch to oskit rather sooner than later,
which adds another lot of driver related issues.
Well, it would be nice to release without a makedev package in the archive,
but the Hurd package control field seems to fix this at least for makedev
Not everything of this is critical. But I guess most of it could be done
for woody+1, if people are found to do the work.
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