Nice article... but light on technical details
Posted Jul 29, 2011 5:23 UTC (Fri) by kevinm
In reply to: Nice article... but light on technical details
Parent article: Signs of life from GNU Hurd
Likewise, an illustration of features "that users have actually always wanted but never dared ask their administrator" would have been welcome. It could be mentioned, as an example, that mounting an NFS, FTP, or ISO 9660 file system (or anything else) does not require root privileges.
This is great - but unfortunately, it's about 10 years too late. The idea of users having a distinct administrator - large multiuser machines for general purpose computing - is an anachronism. It would have been awesome when I was at university in the 90s if I could have mounted an NFS share under my home directory without root permission. Today, with my own desktop Linux system - it's simply an elegant solution to a problem that I no longer have.
It's also worth pointing out that you can get a 99% solution for most of these use cases on todays UNIX-like systems, using system call interposing. Sure, it's a bit crufty - but it works well enough for the few occasions when it's necessary to do something like run your own TCP/IP stack.
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