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Re: A Hurd release

From: Barry deFreese
Subject: Re: A Hurd release
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2005 21:24:11 -0800
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Roland McGrath wrote:

Roland, what do you think?

Whatever Marcus likes is fine with me, basically.  I don't know what
benefit people find from a GNU tarball release, since everyone actually
interested in the Hurd is directed either to Debian packages (for using) or
to the CVS sources (for hacking).  If the motivation is just for PR, I
don't have any opinion about that one way or the other.  Whatever folks want.
If a release is useful, I don't think there is any reason to wait for any
particular fixes or features beforehand.  Obviously the status quo is years
better than 0.2 (literally) already.  I don't see any harm in doing 0.3
tomorrow and 0.4 next week if worthwhile fixes/features go in then.


Well as much as it pains me I have to agree with Roland to a degree. The more I think about it, the less I think we "need" a new release. We we need is to spread the word. A good deal of the information available is outdated, many of the websites are not up to date, there is very little information about the L4 port, etc. I think a lot of people get the impression that nothing is happening. Hell if you look at savannah (which I haven't recently so maybe I'm off base here), you would think nothing has happened in years. It seems like there has been a surge in activity recently (the console, DHCP, L4 picking up a little, hell I'm even working on mozilla) and we need to capitalize on that. A long while back I was gonna start writing kerneltrap articles but there just wasn't enough happening to warrant it. Now, maybe we need it, or /. or whatever the outlet needs to be. I may start some again but with my lack of technical expertise, I'm not sure I am the person for the job.

Anyway, just my 2 cents as usual..

Take care and keep up the good work.

Barry deFreese
Debian 3.0r1 "Woody"
Registered Linux "Newbie" #302256 - Hurd H4XX0r wannabe

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving
to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe
trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is
winning." Rich Cook.

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