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Re: Hurd Mission Statement

From: Sergiu Ivanov
Subject: Re: Hurd Mission Statement
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 17:45:52 +0300


On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 3:40 PM,  <olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net> wrote:
> For a while I have been thinking about the lack of a roadmap for the
> Hurd; but now I realized that we lack something even more fundamental: a
> simple mission statement -- i.e. saying *where* we want to go, rather
> than how we want to get there. I think many of the problems we have are
> directly or indirectly related to that.

An utterly appropriate observation: I hoped that the ``Niches for the
Hurd'' discussion would provide us with something definite to tend to,
but it doesn't look like it has happened...

> As we didn't have such a mission statement so far, the people currently
> involved have vastly different ideas about the mission, which of course
> makes it a bit hard to come up with a suitable one now. However, I
> managed to come up with something that I believe is generic enough so
> all contributors can subscribe to it:
>   The mission of the Hurd project is: to create a general-purpose
>   kernel suitable for the GNU operating system, which is viable for
>   everyday use, and gives users and programs as much control over their
>   computing environment as possible.

Sounds very nice :-) I think it is sufficiently generic to satisfy
everyone :-)

> What do you think? Is this a good mission statement? If so, it should go
> on the Hurd web front page.

I think this mission statement suits GNU/Hurd very well and I think it
should go on the Hurd web front page so that the newcomers know what
their effort is spent on.


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