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Re: I think I want to help

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: I think I want to help
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 11:31:35 +0200

   > For the GNU system just subscribing to gnu-system-discuss@gnu.org
   > is a good start, and reading the mailing list archives (they are
   > spam free!).

   I'm not aware about this mail-list.  Can you tell me more?

It is a list where discussings are taking place about how the GNU
system should look like; more or less.

   > Well, truth to be told it seems that we are abandong GNU Mach 2.x
   > (aka OSKIT-Mach) since it is a pitta to add/update drivers to.
   > Most people use GNU Mach 1.x to my knowledge.

   I see.  Then I can just use the sources from debian, and move along
   from there?

More or less, it all depends on if you wish to hack on GNU Mach (fix
bugs, add/update drivers, etc).

   How about the steps to L4 microkernel? Is there any documents
   explaining roadmaps to L4?

Yes, you would need to checkout the hurd-l4 module from CVS.  Just
added it to the list of things to checkout in
http://www.update.uu.se/~ams/gnu/cvs...  You could also just access
the CVS repositor directly via www and look at it; see

   I understands pthread support is not completed, yet?  How can I
   help here?

What would be nice is to have a testsuite for pthreads that checks
that things work as they should.  From what I remeber the pthread
implementation in the Hurd will be ditched infavor of NPTL.  So a
testsuite that uses and abuses pthread functionality will be a good
thing when someone will start writting a NPTL implementation for the

Happy hacking.

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