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Which niche does the Hurd fill for YOU - why do you develop for/on it?

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Which niche does the Hurd fill for YOU - why do you develop for/on it?
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 09:54:34 +0100
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Am Mittwoch 29 Oktober 2008 11:46:08 schrieb Arne Babenhauserheide:
> @all: Why are YOU working on the Hurd?
> What is the niche the Hurd fills for you?


I figured I should start myself :) 

This is the niche it fills for me: 

"With the Hurd, users can change anything in their system which doesn't affect 
other users - even stuff deep down in the core."

And this is one definition of freedom in a community: "Do what you want as 
long as you don't restrict others from doing what they want."

I like my freedom - in my life as well as in technology. 
(in more detail: http://bddebian.com/~wiki/community/weblogs/ArneBab/ )

- Arne Babenhauserheide


For me the Hurd is the operating system where anybody can set up his
own rules. The possibility to customize things that lie at deepest
levels in other operating systems makes the Hurd a kind of a
playground for me. Under the Hurd one can find out quite easily what
are the building blocks out of which one's operating system is
constructed and change some of these blocks to see what will happen ;-)

Also, I consider that the Hurd is a very good learning ground for me:
during GSoC a learnt a lot of new things, many of which I hadn't even
heard of before. And such things are still falling on me out of the
blue sky giving me further enthusiasm :-)

- scolobb


@others: So, what is YOUR reason for working on the Hurd? 
I'm sure there are many different reasons, and these can also help finding 
additional niches for the Hurd itself. 

Best wishes, 

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