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Re: A niche for the Hurd

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: A niche for the Hurd
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 13:24:30 +0200
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Am Dienstag 21 Oktober 2008 09:44:40 schrieb Samuel Thibault:
> Matthew Ayres, le Mon 20 Oct 2008 17:59:37 +0100, a écrit :
> > I would like to see the Hurd focusing on multi-core systems.
> Mach would need to be SMP-fixed first :)

Please stay in brainstorm mode (or change the subject) - ideas don't need to 
be feasible to be useful in a brainstorm. 

The strength of the critique-less brainstorm is that even impossible ideas can 
spawn new ideas in free wheeling association, and some of these new ideas can  
be doable as well as extremly useful. 

A short summary of what we already have: 

Niches for the Hurd: 

- Tinkerers who like its design.
- Give back power to users: arbitrary mounts, subhurds
- Nice features: dpkg -iO ftp://foo/bar/*.deb
- multicore-systems
- All-in-one out-of-the-box distro running a webserver for crash-proof
- Having a _complete_ GNU System
- operating system study purposes as its done with minix

Which looks quite nice. 
Still I'm sure that there is more, so keep the ideas flowing! 

Here's one which just got to my mind: 

- Simpler virtual computing environments - no need to setup XEN, everyone can 
just open up his/her computer for someone else by creating a new user account, 
and the other one can login and easily adapt the system for his/her own needs. 
If most systems just differ by the translators setup on them, people could 
even transfer their whole environment from one computer to another one without 
needing root access or more root interaction than creating a new user account. 
"I want my tools" -> "no problem, just setup your translators"

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