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Re: The Hurd, GNU, Guix, and GSoC

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: The Hurd, GNU, Guix, and GSoC
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:41:48 +0100
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Cyril Roelandt <tipecaml@gmail.com> skribis:

> On 03/26/2013 06:24 PM, Ludovic Courtès wrote:


>> The mission of GNU Guix [0] is to be a package manager for, and
>> distribution of, the GNU system.  The distribution only works on
>> GNU/Linux currently, but the goal is to support the Hurd (when it has
>> source releases...), and possibly kFreeBSD.
>> Thus, it will most probably have to restrict itself to features provided
>> by all three kernels.  However, it could make use of Hurd-specific
>> features when running on it, such as unionfs.
> This makes perfect sense. Since FreeBSD is way more popular than the
> Hurd, maybe students would be more likely to be willing to work on a
> Guix + (k)FreeBSD project. Do we know (k)FreeBSD people who might aslo
> be interested in Guix ? :p

Perhaps, but that’s off-topic.

>> GSoC-wise, possible projects include:
>>    • porting the distribution to GNU/Hurd (but again, I’d rather rely on
>>      published source tarballs of the Hurd, libc, etc. than on Git
>>      checkouts);
> What's so wrong with git checkouts ? Are you afraid the code might not
> be very stable ?

No.  It’s just that, IMO, it’s the developers’ responsibility to
identify milestones in their project and to give it a version number.
Deferring that choice to people outside of the project may not be as


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