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authorThomas Schwinge <thomas@schwinge.name>2011-05-02 09:55:17 +0200
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-[[!meta title="How many developers are working on the GNU Hurd?"]]
+[[!meta title="How many developers are working on the GNU Hurd, and why so
+few?"]]
-Not many. One handful work on it in their free time, and another two
-handful do help with [[Debian GNU/Hurd|hurd/running/debian]] and
-[[hurd/running/Arch_Hurd]] packaging. Also, an additional handful of
-former developers are still available for answering technical questions,
-but are not really participating in the current development anymore.
-For reaching out to new developers, we're participating in [[Google's
-Summer of Code program|community/gsoc]]. Likewise, any interested party
-(*you*!) are very welcome to start [[contributing]]. Mentoring is
-possible, too, to help you get started.
+# How Many Developers?
-Continue reading some speculation about [[why so few developers]] are working
-on the GNU Hurd.
+One handful works on the core of the system in their free time, and another
+handful helps with [[Debian GNU/Hurd|hurd/running/debian]] and
+[[hurd/running/Arch_Hurd]] packaging. Also, an additional handful of former
+developers are still available for answering technical questions, but are not
+participating in the current development anymore.
+
+
+# Why So Few?
+
+We can only speculate. One major problem might be that the [[architectural
+benefits|advantages]] are generally perceived as very abstract, with little
+practical benefit. We currently don't have many tools that are actually making
+use of all the possibilities.
+
+Another reason is that it's been taking too long. Today, most people don't
+believe it will ever be ready for production use, and thus would consider
+involvement a waste of time. This latter point is invalid, of course, as
+learning can never be a waste of time. The same holds for the [[challenges]]
+raised by the GNU Hurd -- we can only learn and improve upon working on them.
+
+
+# Attracting New Faces
+
+We're an open project: any interested party (*you*!) are very welcome to start
+[[contributing]]. Mentoring is possible, too, to help you get started.
+
+Likewise, for reaching out to new developers, we're participating in [[Google's
+Summer of Code program|community/gsoc]].