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The name Hurd stands for "Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons." The name Hird stands for "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth."


The term bootstrapping refers to a Dutch legend about a boy who was able to fly by pulling himself up by his bootstraps. In computers, this term refers to any process where a simple system activates a more complicated system.


The GRand Unified Bootloader, available from http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/.


Note that this function will be deleted when the Mach pager interface is fixed to provide this information.


The latter portion of <hurd/io.defs> and all of <hurd/shared.h> describe how to implement shared-memory I/O operations. However, shared I/O has been deprecated. See section Conch Management, for more details.


The number 1 corresponds to the PF_LOCAL C library socket domain constant.


It is important to note that device drivers are not provided by the Hurd, but by the underlying microkernel. Hurd `devices' are just storeio-translated nodes which make the microkernel device drivers obey Hurd semantics. If you wish to implement a new device driver, you will need to consult the appropriate microkernel documentation.


"RAID" stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks: several disks used in parallel to achieve increased capacity, redundancy and/or performance.


You are lost in a maze of twisty little filesystems, all alike….

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