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Re: contribution

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: contribution
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 21:25:44 +0200
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Hello William!

Thanks for your interest in the GNU Hurd project!

If you are striving to contribute to the effort, please spend some time
thinking about the following items:

  * What areas are you interested in contributing to?

    Think a moment about this list: porting / extending existing software
    to run on Hurd systems; work on existing or write new Hurd servers or
    libraries; work on the standard C library; make Hurd stuff usuable
    from other programming languages than C; work on the current Mach
    micro kernel; do research and development of a next-generation micro
    kernel; help with development of new Hurd libraries and servers on
    top of that.  Those projects are all within the ``Hurd'' topic, but
    are vastly different projects.

  * How is your expertise about system and kernel programming?

    Sadly we don't have the ressources to teach you from ground-up.  We
    will -- of course! -- answer to specific questions, but on
    substantial parts of your project you'll have to work on your own.
    (Unless there is someone who already works in the same area, of

  * Have you previously been working on Free Software projects?

    Are you used to the working-style Free Software projects bring with

> I'm new to the free software scene and I'm writing this on Debian
> GNU/Linux


> but I encounter a few integration difficulties (which are
> probably not in the scope of this team).

Yes, unfortunately we don't have the resources (man-power) to help you

> I hope there's a guide of the
> tools, methods and librairies to use in my participation and if not, I'd
> like to have a few pointers.

He provide a number of pointer about stuff to read on the project's web
pages, see <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/docs.html>.  Also, there's a
wiki at <http://www.bddebian.com/~wiki/>.
<http://www.bddebian.com/~wiki/hurd/contributing/> may be worth looking


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