A quarter of the Hurd, Q1 of 2011: GSoC, and new faces.

We're again participating in the Google Summer of Code's 2011 edition. If you know someone who knows that her neighbor would be interested in getting mentored (by us) and paid (by Google) for working on a GNU/Hurd task, please hurry up: the student application period will end this Friday, 2011-04-08.

There's further progress to be reported on the package porting front: additionally to the usual suspects, Svante Signell has actively started with contributing by fixing or porting his favorite packages to GNU/Hurd. Welcome, Svante!

Amongst other fixes, Diego Nieto Cid submitted his work for using XKB's keymaps for the Hurd console. Of course, he was not the only one to contribute fixes; there's always our bunch of folks who appear every other month, or week, and send in some contribution. Also, as we ask our GSoC applicants to submit patches in order to substantiate their application, we've seen some additional ones due to that. (And you can, too.)

The Arch Hurd folks published their Year of Arch Hurd report, wrapping up their progress, including GHAMP (GNU/Hurd, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), X.org, and their Arch Hurd LiveCD. We had published our YotH 2010, too.

Finally we got a nice recognition (or did they mean...) by xkcd, How to Write Good Code, subtitled You can either hang out in the Android Loop or the HURD loop. Go figure! ;-)