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Re: introduction

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: introduction
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 16:07:22 +0200
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Hi Doug,

Welcome to our community.

On Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 09:25:31AM -0400, Douglas Hanks wrote:
> If anyone has any input or direction, I would love to hear back.  Otherwise
> please let me know how I may start being productive.

First thing is to install Debian GNU/Hurd, install vim, and get comfortable
;)  Then you can start reading the source, reporting bugs (best with fixes),
and try to find something interesting you want to work on.  There is a lot
of stuff to do, in no time you will stumble over something you want to work

WRT intimate kernel knowledge: It is not required to get productive.  Al the
intimate details of virtual memory, scheduling are hidden in the microkernel
or the libraries.  Of course, microkernels have bugs, too, so if you want to
work on that there is plenty to do on the ahrd-core kernel side as well.

The Hurd itself is completely user space, but makes heavy use of the Mach
interfaces.  So you have to learn about Mach IPC etc as well.  There are
numerous pointers on various web sites.

Thanks, and happy hacking,

`Rhubarb is no Egyptian god.' Debian http://www.debian.org brinkmd@debian.org
Marcus Brinkmann              GNU    http://www.gnu.org    marcus@gnu.org

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