Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Sep 2010 21:15 UTC, submitted by Gregory Plummer
GNU, GPL, Open Source "So what is the state of the Hurd? Is it vaporware, like Duke Nukem Forever? Fortunately not: the code exists, there is still work going on (for instance as part of Google Summer of Code), and there are even some relatively functional Hurd distributions. Let's look first at the code and the current architecture, and then at the Hurd distributions."
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by Radio on Tue 21st Sep 2010 23:01 UTC
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This one is far more instructive and correct:

Little know fact: there is one production-ready widely used microkernel: the EKA2 at the heart of Symbian.

Creating a kernel is really a question of getting things right, rather than man-months of work: the EKA (symbian), XNU (OSX) and Linux kernel were all written in a short time by small teams, while the Hurd team, and also the behemoth Microsoft struggled (and often failed, as MS failed several times to produce a succesor to the NT kernel). So, getting a working Hurd may happen, one day...

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