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What is the Hurd?The GNU Hurd is the GNU project's replacement for the Unix kernel. The Hurd is a collection of servers that run on the Mach microkernel to implement file systems, network protocols, file access control, and other features that are implemented by the Unix kernel or similar kernels (such as Linux).
Currently, the Hurd runs on i386 machines. There are some efforts underway to run the Hurd on PowerPC architecture as well. The Hurd should, and probably will, be ported to other hardware architectures or other microkernels in the future.
Advantages of the HurdThe Hurd is not the most advanced operating system known to the planet (yet), but it does have a number of enticing features:
What the name ``Hurd'' meansAccording to Thomas Bushnell, BSG, the primary architect of the Hurd, ```Hurd' stands for `Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons'. And, then, `Hird' stands for `Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth'. We have here, to my knowledge, the first software to be named by a pair of mutually recursive acronyms.''
Status of the projectThe last official release was the 0.2 binary distribution of June 1997. At the moment, the Hurd developers and people from the Debian Project are assembling a new distribution; it will become the 0.3 distribution.
The new distribution will use the Debian package management system to ease installation and updating the system. This package management system is the same one used in Debian GNU/Linux distributions. In parallel to the Linux distribution, the upcoming Hurd distribution is called Debian GNU/Hurd.
These efforts are ongoing, but the fundamental packages are ready and quite stable. If you want to try out the Hurd, it is recommended that you use the links on this site to download the current version of the system. Note that this is an "unstable" distribution, in that it is not currently read for use in a production environment. However, it is rapidly evolving and is already quite useful for development use by people with Linux experience.
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