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Re: Crosshurd

From: Jeff Bailey
Subject: Re: Crosshurd
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 08:32:21 -0700
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On Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 09:59:53AM -0300, brunoacf wrote:

> Why did you discontinued the default installation software of Hurd in
> favour of crosshurd? Now we don't have a real installer anymore. What
> are the advantages of this move? I don't know, but it seems to be a
> step backwards. 

The advantage of this move is that it recognises what has been true for
a while.  Noone cares enough to keep a tarball up to date.  The last
tarball update was 11 months ago, and so buggy you couldn't use it to
install without assisstance.

The tarball was never inteded as a 'real installer'.  Philip's CDs fill
that role.  They are still around and are in need of testers, fixers,
and purchasers *g*.

When the FSF gets around to fixing their hardware, I might be inclined
to setup automated tarball builds.  Crosshurd is, for the most part,
already setup to do this.  Filling a wishlist bug might encourage me to
finish adding this feature to crosshurd.

> For example, in my machine I don't have apt-get (I have slackware and 
> FreeBSD). How do I install Hurd now? 

As I mentioned in the emails, non-Debian users should generally just use
the install CDs.  Some other folks have made tarballs of crosshurd that
apparently work.  I have no experience with them, though.

Jeff Bailey

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 - Tattle Tale

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