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Re: open tasks

From: Richard Braun
Subject: Re: open tasks
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 19:42:21 +0200
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On Wed, May 17, 2006 at 03:26:31PM +0300, Constantine Kousoulos wrote:
> Hello hurders,
> I would like to work on the GNU Mach microkernel in the direction of its
> improvement/stabilization.
> 2)Update-rewrite the device driver glue code in GNU Mach: What are the main
> problems with the current glue code? The main issue here is simply enhance
> driver support for Mach or something else too that i'm not aware of?

The main problem, as I understand it, is that the current glue code allows
using old linux drivers only, while we would like to use newer ones as well.
Newer drivers require a newer interface with kernel components too, which
means updating the glue code to match new linux drivers (2.6 ones I guess).

> In addition, the GNU Mach Revival Project seems to be interested in similar 
> things with the above. Their web page at the wiki is a few months old, so 
> if there is something new about what they are working on, i would like to 
> know.

I'm not sure there is something new but, stabilizing GNU Mach, tracking
why it freezes "randomly" (I guess it's not *that* random), is definitely a
good starting point for anyone who really wants to take part in this revival
project, which I hope will give good results :-).

Improving the VM usage for better IPC performance is also one of the goals
which would really matter for the Hurd.

Richard Braun

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