«Hurd having been in development for so long, but still not production-ready; and with Linux as a mature free kernel being firmly established as the de-facto standard kernel for the GNU system -- people often wonder: why haven't developers abandoned the Hurd long ago? Without going into technical details, this short talk tries to explain the main idea behind the Hurd architecture, which sets it apart from other systems.» — via Why is Anyone Still Working on the GNU Hurd?

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Mr. Psychopath

14 years 10 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago


Looks Awesome

Ever since I heard about the Arch Hurd project, my hopes spiked back up at the possibility that I'd ever get a Hurd system running. I wish best of luck to the Arch Hurd team.

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14 years 10 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago


re: Looks Awesome

I follow the official Hurd mailing lists. I can tell you that while progress is definitely happening, I'm pessimistic about you running a Hurd system that's usable as other systems within the near future. In my opinion, this is because the Hurd team is trying to simultaneously achieve two monumental tasks: researching powerful computer science ideas and translating these ideas into real code that's appropriate for the Hurd. Another major problem is that hardware drivers need to be ported to Hurd. Currently, there is effort invested into a "Linux compatibility layer" that would allow Linux 2.6 drivers to work in Hurd.

I think that with more people in development, we could possibly a usable Hurd in the nearer future. So this is my call to any bored OS hacker: if you're tired of tinkering with mature Linux or BSD systems and need a different challenge, come cooperate with the Hurd team and let us make Hurd a reality.

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