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authorSamuel Thibault <>2015-05-02 15:02:35 +0200
committerSamuel Thibault <>2015-05-02 15:02:39 +0200
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You can also have a look at the
[starting guide talk](
+In terms of building and hacking on software, the easiest way to avoid having to
+understand the whole picture from the start is install the Debian distribution,
+and patch over the Debian source code. Installing from upstream source is much
+more complexe since you would need to know which piece fits where. Building and
+installing patched packages is much more simple.
For more reading resources, please see these web pages, for example,
[[Hurd_documentation|hurd/documentation]] and
[[Mach_documentation|microkernel/mach/documentation]] for links to a bunch of