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-[[!meta copyright="Copyright © 2010, 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc."]]
-[[!meta license="""[[!toggle id="license" text="GFDL 1.2+"]][[!toggleable
-id="license" text="Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this
-document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or
-any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant
-Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license
-is included in the section entitled [[GNU Free Documentation
-[[!meta title="How many developers are working on the GNU Hurd, and why so
-# How Many Developers?
-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.
-In the past (that is, a lot of years ago), the FSF did pay a few developers for
-working full time on the GNU Hurd. But that was for a limited amount of time
-only, and evidently, it was too little for getting the system into a
-competitive state. Nowadays, it's only unpaid (apart from some
-[[bounties|tag/bounty]]) and free-time volunteers' work.
-In contrast to the Linux kernel, there is no industry involvement in
-development. For one, this is a good thing: independency; no conflicts of
-interests. For another, it is also a bad thing: no dedicated full-time
-manpower -- which matters a lot.
-# 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.
-For likely the same reasons there is no industry interest in the GNU Hurd: its
-advantages are too abstract and incomplete for being of interest there.
-As for the scientific sector, the GNU Hurd projects was rather about *using* a
-[[microkernel]] intead of doing research on them, for example. But, there have
-been some projects and theses done, and some scientific papers published on GNU
-Hurd topics, and we're generally very interested in further such projects.
-# 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]].