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authorThomas Schwinge <thomas@schwinge.name>2011-02-05 12:44:15 +0100
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+[[!meta copyright="Copyright © 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc."]]
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+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
+License|/fdl]]."]]"""]]
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+[[!meta date="2011-02-05 12:00 UTC"]]
+
+A year of the Hurd: *2010*.
+[[!if test="included()" then="""[[!toggle id=full_news
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+[[!cut id="full_news" text="""
+
+Originally published in {{$gnu#gnustatus-2011-01}}.
+
+From Olaf Buddenhagen, Arne Babenhauserheide, Thomas Schwinge: Yeah,
+that's quite right: the GNU Hurd project is still alive!
+
+According to our mission statement, the goal is creating *a
+general-purpose kernel suitable for the GNU operating system, which is
+viable for everyday use, and gives users and programs as much control
+over their computing environment as possible*. It has a unique
+multi-server microkernel-based architecture---bringing advanced
+operating system research to the mainstream. More concretely, it's a
+collection of user-space server processes that run on the GNU Mach
+microkernel.
+
+The Hurd doesn't fully deliver on the *everyday usability* goal
+yet, but it is seeing continuous improvement---and 2010 has been no
+exception. Let's take a look at the progress throughout the year.
+
+ *
+Apart from having done a lot of other work, Samuel Thibault, our Jack
+of all trades, merged his development branch that added Xen domU
+support to GNU Mach, which makes it possible to run a GNU/Hurd system
+as a Xen guest. Development of this started in 2007, and since then
+it has been heavily tested by using it for the Debian GNU/Hurd build
+servers, most of our public GNU/Hurd systems,
+<http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/public_hurd_boxen.html>, and the
+Hurd project's wiki web server.
+
+ *
+We had Zheng Da work on a new hardware device driver framework, which
+is based on the Dresden L4 (Fiasco) group's DDE project, and allows
+running modern Linux kernel drivers as user-space server processes.
+Many network cards already work perfectly with this new framework.
+(It has not yet been integrated into the mainstream Hurd code base, so
+it needs to be compiled and set up by hand.) Other driver classes,
+such as hard disk controllers, will require further work.
+
+ *
+As in the previous years, we again participated in the Google Summer
+of Code 2010. Olaf Buddenhagen is our main guy for organizing this.
+
+ Jérémie Koenig ported the modern Debian Installer to Debian
+GNU/Hurd. Installation images using the new installer are replacing
+the previous CD images, which were using an installer based on the old
+Debian boot floppies (and running under the Linux kernel)---Philip
+Charles has been maintaining these single-handedly for almost ten
+years! The new installer images are available from
+<http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/installer/cdimage/>.
+
+ Emilio Pozuelo Monfort was investigating specific compatibility
+problems exposed by the extensive test suites coming with some
+software packages. Emilio's analysis uncovered a number of
+programming errors in the Hurd code, and he fixed several of them. As
+these typically affected other programs too, this improved stability
+and compatibility in general.
+
+ *
+Jérémie Koenig created a new implementation of a `procfs`
+translator, which is considerably more robust and efficient than the
+previous one. Tools such as `top` can now be used without
+problems.
+
+ Some other translators (`gopherfs`, `netio`,
+`tarfs`) which have been created by external contributors in
+the past have been fixed up by Manuel Menal, and packaged in Debian.
+Thus, some of the results of Hurd's extensible architecture are now
+easier to access, and these updated translators can serve as examples
+for other developers to implement their own ideas.
+
+ *
+In addition to various general stability, compatibility, and
+portability fixes, several people (Samuel Thibault, Pino Toscano,
+Emilio Pozuelo Monfort, and others) have been working on fixing issues
+with specific Debian packages. So far, about 68% of all Debian
+packages are also available for Debian GNU/Hurd.
+
+ *
+Michael Walker started the Arch Hurd distribution, and together with
+other enthusiastic Arch developers (Allan McRae, Matthias Lanzinger,
+Alexander Preisinger, Stephen Gilles, Diego Nieto Cid) they got it
+working in an amazingly short amount of time, both as an installable
+system, and a live CD. So now there is a choice between two
+well-featured distributions for the Hurd. These new people of course
+also help forwarding Hurd development in general---Diego in particular
+contributed various patches to the Hurd console and other components.
+
+ *
+Carl Fredrik Hammar finished and presented his thesis, *Generalizing
+mobility for the Hurd*,
+<http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2010-01/msg00078.html>,
+and passed with distinction.
+
+This is a very short digest of what happened in the last year. You
+can read our regular *Month of the Hurd* at
+<http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/news.html>, or by subscribing to
+our RSS feed at <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/index.rss>.
+
+If you are interested, for example, in doing a university project on a
+multi-server microkernel-based operating system, or if you are
+interested in contributing to Hurd development in general, please see
+<http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/contributing.html>. Or just
+talk to us at <bug-hurd@gnu.org> or the `#hurd` IRC
+channel on freenode.
+
+"""]]