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Comment Re:Birth of the Hurd (Score 1) 480

Have you considered restarting the Hurd again, using Minix 3 instead of Mach?

MINIX 3 is a free (BSD license) operating system designed to be highly reliable, flexible, and secure. It is based on a tiny microkernel running in kernel mode with the rest of the operating system running as a collection of isolated, protected, processes in user mode. It is POSIX compliant and can run bash, emacs, gcc, gdb, the X Window System, etc.

The Debian project showed that it's possible to have a GNU system on top of the FreeBSD kernel. Would producing a GNU/kMinix system be more realistic than the Hurd becoming a production-ready, superior kernel?

Comment Birth of the Hurd (Score 3, Interesting) 480

Peter H. Salus, in his book `The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin' quotes Thomas Bushnell (the initial Hurd architect) as saying:

My first choice was to take the BSD 4.4-Lite release and make a kernel. I knew the code, I knew how to do it. It is now perfectly obvious to me that this would have succeeded splendidly and the world would be a very different place today.
RMS wanted to work together with people from Berkeley on such an effort. Some of them were interested, but some seem to have been deliberately dragging their feet: and the reason now seems to be that they had the goal of spinning off BSDI. A GNU based on 4.4-Lite would undercut BSDI.
So RMS said to himself, "Mach is a working kernel, 4.4-Lite is only partial, we will go with Mach." It was a decision which I strongly opposed. But ultimately it was not my decision to make, and I made the best go I could at working with Mach and doing something new from that standpoint.
This was all way before Linux; we're talking 1991 or so.

In hindsight, do you regret that decision, or are you happy about Linux being the usual kernel in GNU systems (and the subsequent misnaming)?

Comment Re:An incomplete list from my shelf (Score 1) 796

As the subject of the post said, the list is incomplete, so it obviously lacks diversity.

I could go on with non-English literature, such as
Cronopios and Famas
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Book of Disquiet
The Idiot
The Sound of the Mountain
The Tale of Genji
The Tin Drum
The Trial
War with the Newts ...
but you don't want me to list my whole collection. Hopefully those are enough to add some depth to the previous list, even though I didn't include any non-fiction.

Comment An incomplete list from my shelf (Score 4, Informative) 796

A Confederacy of Dunces
Dharma Bums
Lord of the Flies
On the Road
The Golden Notebook
The Grapes of Wrath
The Razor's Edge
A Clockwork Orange
Brave New World
Player Piano
Slaughterhouse Five
The Diamond Age
The Dispossessed
The Island
The Stand ...

Comment Re:KDE4 Lacks A Desktop (Score 1) 869

Putting my desktop in a tiny Window is just crazy. I have a large screen monitor for a reason.

I guess you're talking about the Folder View plasmoid. Please notice that it can work fullscreen, thus emulating the classic desktop.

However, I prefer to have a completely clean desktop, because it's always covered by windows anyway.

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan