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Re: Fwd: FOSDEM 2019 - Microkernels developer room - CfP

From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Re: Fwd: FOSDEM 2019 - Microkernels developer room - CfP
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:11:05 -0500
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Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault@gnu.org> writes:

> Almudena Garcia, le mer. 28 nov. 2018 14:24:42 +0100, a ecrit:
>> why not yours? You use to talk about Hurd in FOSDEM every year.
> I could, sure, I just don't know what I could talk about, and it's good
> to see various people take the microphone :)

Just to help you brain storm...And forgive me if these are silly ideas.

Maybe you could mention some nearly finished or half finished work that
people should try to finish?  like the ext3fs project, perl & python
support.  Someone could finish the valgrind port.  I know it was a gsoc,
but I'm not certain how far the student got...

Perhaps you could outline a roadmap.

Maybe you could mention what's the most crucial gsoc project.

Maybe you could demo a python, java, or lisp translator.  I have a
feeling the port for those are not complete, but it would be cool to
show a translator running in something other than C.  :)

You could mention recent news items:
- You could mention the recent LLVM supporting the GNU/Hurd.
- ArchHurd started up again.
- the recent merge of PCI arbiter

Maybe you could demo guix/shepherd running on the Hurd.  It would
actually be cool to see a guix config file specifying a GNU/Hurd
translator.  Something like

      (user samuel)
      (mount-point ftp:))))

Perhaps you could mention some of the other ways to run the Hurd besides
qemu.  Maybe you could demo the Xen port/show people how they can run
GNU/Linux and the Hurd at the same time on any computer that supports
Xen.  (Am I correct in thinking that this is possible?)

Perhaps you could show people where/how they could set up a GNU/Hurd
server, with which to play.  Maybe give a few use cases where a GNU/Hurd
server is more flexible than GNU/Linux.

Perhaps you could demo some translators: mboxfs, xmlfs, jfs, run, etc.
I suppose that the jfs is in a sad state, seeing as it's in hurd extras.
And it's only read-only.  ah.  I didn't know that.  So technically the
Hurd does have a "modern-ish" journal file system.

Maybe you could mention libguestfs.  We could build translators out of
that...Not everybody has heard of that.

Would Richard by mad if we mentioned x15?  You could mention how we are
pulling ideas from it.

> Samuel

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