> > That'd be great! See the previous editions for the topics, but basically
> > anything about what is happening would be useful to talk about.
> Are there any features present in the latest images that weren’t in the 2019
> release that could be the basis of a post?
> I have to admit I don't remember from memory, but probably, yes.
If I remember well, the news in the 2019 image were the adding of the PCI Arbitrer (although a bit buggy, of course) and Lwip as alternative network stack.
> Making the page cool could attract people, yes. These will however have
> a lot of questions (they won't bother reading the FAQ). Personally I
> simply won't have time to answer. If people here on bug-hurd and #hurd
> do have, then sure go ahead.
I agree with Jan: Hurd needs to attract new people. Of course, these new people will have a lot of questions, and some of this could leave the project after a time.
But, if we get to reply successfully to these questions, many of them will be attracted to contribute with the project.
To attract new people we need to think in nowadays, and try to leave comments like "It's an easy problem. In the 90s It tooks so more effort than now"
We need to make the project easier for the novice, and a way for this is improve the website: improve and update the documentation, ease the access to the docs from the website,
ease the contributions (put a section about how to contribute could be a good idea), etc.
About docs, another good idea could be adding a section about "how to install" to Hurd website.
although most advice could apply to a VM installation anyway (the guide requires some update, of course).
The guide tries to be more "user-friendly" than the plain Debian's hurd-install article, and is written like a simple tutorial for Debian GNU/Hurd installation.
You can take this idea to put a "how to install" section in the Hurd website (the current "distrib" section is like a maze for this).
Other necessary tasks, as I told in other threads, it's improve the usability of the Hurd distributions, like Debian GNU/Hurd.
Since 2013 there have been many advances in the Debian installer (even, in 2017 I could install a desktop environment directly from the Debian GNU/Hurd installer).
But in latest versions there are some problems related with dependency problems in package installing, and some little problems in repositories signature, which makes the use of this distro a bit difficult.
If we want to attract new contributors, we need to solve these problems. Don't forget that the contributors, before being this, they are simple users.
If this user, after trying Hurd and research about this, disagrees with the appearance of the project (bad website, bad user experience...), It simply will leave the project, and even will speak badly about this.
So, I think that solving these problems is not a caprice, but a necessity.