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Re: I think I want to help

Dear Alfred,

On Mon, 2004-08-09 at 15:21, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:

> Depends with what you mean "GNU/Hurd 1.0".  Do you mean a release of
> the GNU system?  A release of the Debian GNU/Hurd port?

Maybe what I mean to be precise is the release of Debian GNU/Hurd.

> If you wish to help and make a release of the Debian GNU/Hurd port,
> then fixing bugs that are related to the Hurd is a good start.  You
> could also become a Debian Developr and help out with Debian in
> general.  See www.debian.org for all the details.

I just checked Debian BTS, type hurd in the package name, and found out
lots of old bugs. Ranging from 5 years to (newest) 57 days old of bugs.

> For the GNU system just subscribing to gnu-system-discuss@gnu.org is a
> good start, and reading the mailing list archives (they are spam
> free!).

I'm not aware about this mail-list.
Can you tell me more? 

> Well, truth to be told it seems that we are abandong GNU Mach 2.x (aka
> OSKIT-Mach) since it is a pitta to add/update drivers to.  Most people
> use GNU Mach 1.x to my knowledge.

I see.
Then I can just use the sources from debian, and move along from there?
How about the steps to L4 microkernel? Is there any documents explaining
roadmaps to L4?

>    Some essential info I can get also about a need of pthread, a real
>    filesystem (ext2/ext3?), and porting lots of applications.
> The Hurd already supports ext2.  It has some support for pthreads.
> And most programs will not need any porting unless they use funky
> features.

I understands pthread support is not completed, yet?
How can I help here?

> You can get the CVS version of the Hurd (and some others stuff) from:
> http://www.update.uu.se/~ams/gnu/cvs/
> And I think Savannah just started making daily CVS tarballs...

Thank you for this!

>    What can this poor guy do to help in GNU/Hurd development?
> By starting to fix things that you consider broken, and missing.  That
> is usually the place where one starts helping.

Okay, I'll try to make X work on my system then.
Yesterday it keeps on failing. Maybe I could find something out today.

> The TODO list is actually not that outdated. :)

Err, yess. Shame on me. What was I've been reading.

> Happy hacking.

Best Regards.

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