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-A quarter of the Hurd, Q2 of 2012: *TODO*, *TODO* and *TODo*.
+A quarter of the Hurd, Q2 of 2012: *pthreads*, *hardware* and *porting*.
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+At the end of the last 2 quarters, Samuel Thibault pushed the [pthread patches](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00088.html) from Vincente, Barry, Thomas, Richard and Samuel and others to the different upstream packages, finally enabling modern pthreads for the Hurd, which makes it possible to implement full Hurd bindings for languages which require pthreads, so for example [PyHurd](http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/pyhurd/) can profit from the Hurd libraries instead of having to rely on low-level Mach bindings to implement Hurd features. 
 
-- For details, see Richards report about running
-[Hurd without dependency on cthreads](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-08/msg00062.html). 
-- new cd images with keyboard layout configuration http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-07/msg00048.html
-- Pino Toscano: FIFO sockets with mknod (test passes now) http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-09/msg00053.html
-- Pino Toscano added a size parameter to tmpfs for easier usage in scripts: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-09/msg00005.html and a [version suffix option](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00009.html) for gnumach configure.
-- Pino Toscano added patches for [procfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-09/msg00004.html),  [ptrace](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00035.html), [fsync on stdout](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00046.html), [muntrace](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00033.html), [ulimit](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00034.html), [glibc](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00029.html) which among others improve POSIX conformance, making it easier to write programs which work on the Hurd and GNU/Linux.
-- Cyril Roeland fixed a documentation typo [in ps](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00032.html) and a missing linker flag [in procfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00025.html).
+As followups, Thomas Schwinge [debugged and fixed](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00044.html) a deadlock with child threads resulting from a regression due to earlier fixes, and Cyril Roelandt shared a [patch series](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00018.html) to fix double mutex unlocking with pthreads. We will likely see more fixes like these, given that the whole threading interface changed, which will expose previously invisible bugs.
 
-- Samuel Thibault pushed the [pthread patches](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00088.html) from Vincente, Barry, Thomas, Richard and Samuel and others to the different upstream packages, finally enabling modern pthreads for the Hurd, which makes it possible to implement full Hurd bindings for languages which require pthreads, so for example [PyHurd](http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/pyhurd/) can profit from the Hurd libraries instead of having to rely on low-level Mach bindings to implement Hurd features.
-- Thomas Schwinge fixed [some errors](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00077.html) which caused a miscalculation of the size of medium sized disks reporting 15 heads instead of 16.
-- Svante Signell [improved](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00062.html) the error handling in pflocal, 
-- Pino Toscano [implemented syncfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00046.html) which ensures that all data in the filesystem gets written to disk, as well as [statfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00005.html), which adds some additional statistics to procfs.
-- Matthew Leach [fixed](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00037.html) a compilation error with older GCC versions due to duplicate type definition.
-- Samuel Thibault [provided](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00052.html) new [installation CDs](http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/installer/cdimage/current) and a new [qemu image](http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/).
-- Thomas Schwinge [debugged and fixed](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00044.html) a deadlock with child threads resulting from a regression due to earlier fixes. 
-- Cyril Roelandt shared a [patch series](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00018.html) to fix double mutex unlocking with pthreads. We will likely see more fixes like these, given that the whole threading interface changed.
-- Cyril Roelandt fixed a [ps](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00012.html) bug.
+Also Samuel Thibault [provided](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00052.html) new [installation CDs](http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/installer/cdimage/current) and a new [qemu image](http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/). Among other things, these now offer keyboard layout configuration.
 
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+Pino Toscano [implemented syncfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00046.html) which ensures that all data in the filesystem gets written to disk, as well as [statfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00005.html), which adds additional statistics to procfs.
 
-- Samuel Thibault [fixed](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/07/msg00011.html) network-card detection on busses other than 0 and 2 and [removed](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/12/msg00005.html) the floppy-warnings in the debian installer.
-- Svante Signell ported [mlocate-0.25](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/07/msg00015.html), [gnat-gps](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/07/msg00011.html), [libpst](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00039.html), [libetpan](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00046.html), [spl](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00004.html), [dovecot](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00007.html), [xplc](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00054.html) and [parrot](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00056.html), [x86info](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00008.html), [atlas](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00009.html), [rrdtool](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00011.html) and [gdb](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00018.html), increasing the number of Debian packages which work on the Hurd. Also he fixed [yodl](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00030.html) and [ntpdate](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/12/msg00002.html) to work again.
-- Ole Streicher fixed a bug in the Makefile of ftools-fv which was [exposed](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/10/msg00059.html) by testing on Hurd.
+Thomas Schwinge and Samuel Thibault improved the hardware compatibility of the Hurd by fixing [some errors](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00077.html) which caused a miscalculation of the size of medium sized disks reporting 15 heads instead of 16 and adding [network-card detection](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/07/msg00011.html) network-card detection on busses other than 0 and 2. And Svante Signell 
 
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+And several people ported and fixed packages, further increasing the number of debian packages which work on the Hurd: *Svante Signell* ported [mlocate-0.25](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/07/msg00015.html), [gnat-gps](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/07/msg00011.html), [libpst](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00039.html), [libetpan](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00046.html), [spl](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00004.html), [dovecot](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00007.html), [xplc](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00054.html) and [parrot](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00056.html), [x86info](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00008.html), [atlas](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00009.html), [rrdtool](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00011.html) and [gdb](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/09/msg00018.html). Also he fixed [yodl](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/08/msg00030.html), fixed [ntpdate](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/12/msg00002.html) to work again and [improved](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00062.html) the error handling in pflocal. *Pino Toscano* added patches for [procfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-09/msg00004.html),  [ptrace](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00035.html), [fsync on stdout](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00046.html), [muntrace](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00033.html), [ulimit](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00034.html), [glibc](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00029.html) which among others improve POSIX conformance, making it easier to write programs which work on the Hurd and GNU/Linux. And he made the test pass for [FIFO sockets](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-09/msg00053.html) with mknod and [added](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-09/msg00005.html) a size parameter to tmpfs for easier usage in scripts and a [version suffix option](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00009.html) for gnumach configure. *Cyril Roelandt* fixed a [ps](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-12/msg00012.html) bug, a documentation typo [in ps](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00032.html) and a missing linker flag [in procfs](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-10/msg00025.html). *Matthew Leach* [fixed](http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2012-11/msg00037.html) a compilation error with older GCC versions due to duplicate type definition. *Ole Streicher* fixed a bug in the Makefile of ftools-fv which was [exposed](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/10/msg00059.html) by testing on Hurd. And *Samuel Thibault* [removed](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2012/12/msg00005.html) the out-of-date floppy-warnings in the debian installer.
 
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