In the past few months the Hurd got quite many commits.
I want to write a bit about the changes they brought, and what they mean to the Hurd.
If some of my comments seem too 'simple' to you, just ignore them
First we got many Bug fixes from Samuel Thibault, mainly in libpthread (multithreading), ext2fs and libdiskfs (both filesystem interaction).
Then hurd-l4 (the port of the Hurd on the L4 kernel) seems to get quite much love by Neal H. Walfield (neal) at the moment. Quite much is saying a bit to little: hurd-l4 looks steamingly active in the commits
And there is the PyHurd project. It attempts to create a full binding to the GNU/Hurd API, so people should someday be able to, for example, create translators in Python.
There's been more - a lot more in fact, but much of it is above my coding horizon, and this entry shall end someplace (it's late - too late ).
Best wishes, Arne