Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Jul 2010 08:52 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The HURD was meant to be the true kernel at the heart of the GNU operating system. The promise behind the HURD was revolutionary -- a set of daemons on top of a microkernel that was intended to surpass the performance of the monolithic kernels of traditional Unix systems and in doing so, give greater security, freedom and flexibility to the users -- but it has yet to come down to earth.
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by greygandalf on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 15:50 UTC
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I wonder how many of the posters here that write their wisdom actually installed and used Hurd?

I have it on "real hardware" and it works better one can think.

My ideas to improve it?

1. stop chasing microkerneles, stick to Mach
2. enhance Mach again so that it can be used for what it is strong for: for example multi core, multi-cpu. Mach works, GNU Mach needs some "love"
3. improve the drivers, lifting them off from linux if possible. One formally needs to chase the components that work with it. Support for USB....
4. Improve performance in some areas (disk mainly, VM allocation)
5. exploit the microkernel to have it running on other architectures. Older Mach did run on 68k (NeXT) or PPC (MkLinux)

I have almost all GNUstep applications running on it, it is pretty nifty.

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