Once again: icing is pointless without the cake...
Posted Jul 23, 2011 13:19 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: You can do the same with Linux
Parent article: Signs of life from GNU Hurd
While with translators you can choose to virtualize only the network, and not files, or vice-versa, etc.
Once again. Sure, you have great icing for your cake. But you don't have a cake! For example:
Also, even if you have your own machine, using translators permits to run the VPN client as non-root.
This supergreat! Why just why will I want to run the VPN client as non-root? Just "to be cool"? Nope, I will probably want to run some kind of program. In my case it's Ekiga and P4. Both of them work with Linux and don't work with HURD (even if Ekiga can be compiled under HURD it's useless since HURD does not support my webcam). Also note that in my case VPN uses TPM encription which is not supported on HURD.
Hardware support outside disk/network is quite a bit left behind, yes, because it's important to have something interesting to do with it before supporting it, and support can be handled through driver glue layer.
So even if theoretically I can easily use all these fancy translators practically they only exist to do fancy experiments. In some virtualized system. KVM or something like this... And since I need to install KVM to do play with system development anyway... why not play with Linux instead?
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