Hurd Debian Installer

The primary means of distributing the Hurd is through Debian GNU/Hurd. However, the installation CDs presently use an ancient, non-native installer. The situation could be much improved by making sure that the newer Debian Installer works on the Hurd.

Some preliminary work has been done, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Hurd.

The ideal goal would be to have the Debian Installer fully working on the Hurd, but of course the project will be considered successful if significant progress has been made :) . It requires relatively little Hurd-specific knowledge.

A lot of the "non-Linux support" part of the project has already been done thanks to the previous kFreeBSD debian-installer GSoC, so at least no ground reason should bar the project. A lot of the required udebs are already in Debian or are pending upload, so that building an image and booting it does already work. A preliminary list of what remains is

As a starting point to get a grasp at how the debian installer is built, students might wish to look at the current Debian installer source and build process on Linux:

The same can be done on hurd-i386 but a few non-uploaded packages are needed, see http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/README-d-i

Possible mentors: Samuel Thibault (youpi)

Exercise: Fix a couple of hurd issues in busybox (note the (very) crude patch on http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/busybox.patch to get it building)

Please contact us on debian-hurd@lists.debian.org before applying.


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