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Re: Hurd Mission Statement

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Hurd Mission Statement
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:45:55 +0200
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On Saturday, 30. May 2009 08:16:53 olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net wrote:
> > Does "everyday use" imply use as desktop OS? Or does it just say "this
> > is not only for some specific projects"?
> Not sure what you mean by "desktop OS"...

I mean an OS I can put on my desktop computer and use for my dauntingly 
important privat tasks like listening to music, watching movies, idling over a 
compile or diving into loosely related wikipedia articles instead of learning 
for my exam :) 

> Perhaps we should say "production use" instead? Though I fear that some
> people would construe that as focusing on professional users, which is
> not the point at all...

I like "everyday use" :) 

"ready for production use" is something I know from programs as a measure of 
stability, not utility :) 

> > What's the difference between "general-purpose" and "everyday use"?
> And that's really the important point: While there are several
> multiserver systems available for the embedded market, AFAIK there is
> not a single general-purpose system using such an architecture ready for
> production use. In fact, the Hurd comes closer to this goal than any
> other system I know...

If this holds true, then this is also a really good marketing argument :) 

(if some in hjere cringe on the word marketing, just call it "get people 
interested" instead ;) ). 

And I just spotted something missing: The word "free" :) 

   The mission of the Hurd project is: to create a *free* general-purpose
   kernel suitable for the GNU operating system, which is viable for
   everyday use, and gives users and programs as much control over their
   computing environment as possible.

But that's about it. All else seems sound and strong to me. 

Does it appeal to everyone who's currently coding on the Hurd? 

Best wishes, 

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