FYI: "FSF work on a GNU OS" posted to comp.arch

Mariusz Stanczak Mariusz at
Mon May 6 17:53:08 AEST 1991

So, the decision has been (yippie!) made as to the bases of
the GNU OS, and since some people expressed their interest in 
hacking a new OS for the 3B1 on this forum, I thought it'd be
appropriate to post the article here.


[the article follows the "reference" line]
mib at (Michael I Bushnell) writes:
   The Free Software Foundation is beginning work on a GNU operating
   system built on top of the Mach 3.0 microkernel.  There are three
   goals to this project worth noting:
   o Binary compatability with 4.4 BSD, and other U*x or U*xish systems
     on other hardware where appropriate, convenient, and consistent with
     the design;
   o Posix compliance (in combination with the GNU C Library and the GNU
     C Compiler); and
   o Ease of use as well as several new features and functionality.
   I am interested in constructive criticism on the interfaces, design,
   and implementation from experts in the field of OS research and design
   consistent with the above goals.  Advice from seasoned U*x hackers is
   especially welcome.
   We have a mailing list for discussion.  Currently there is little
   discussion on the group; the major contributors to the ideas behind
   the design all live in the Boston area at this point, and work has
   been done via face-to-face communication.  I would like to open the
   field of discussion to a broader base, both to get wider dissemination
   of the ideas behind the current design, as well as to get a greater
   breadth of criticism.  Periodic postings are currently made to the
   mailing list containing a snapshot of the interfaces used by the
   various pieces of the system.  I would like to see discussion as well;
   perhaps we need a critical mass to get this.
   Interested individuals should send me email.  I don't regularly read
   the newsgroups to which this message is posted.
   [U*x is an abbreviation for a well-known trademark of AT&T.  :-)]
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