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 the way, the only reason that there is still work being done (albeit very little) on the Hurd is that crazyman Stallman does not have the guts to kill it. He is too jealous with Linux success and don't have the heart to do it hoping that maybe, somehow, one day they will finish the Hurd and he will try to push it down people's throat as a Linux replacement.

I don't think so. You attribute way too much power to Richard Stallman if you think that he has the power to drive so much people on a ever-failing project.

My theory is that Hurd, like some research projects in the OS world, exists because because computer science has its equivalent of theoretical physicists. People who want things to be done right, no matter if a quick-and-dirty hack exists, works well, and is widely used.

If a Hurd kernel existed and was usable on a wide range of machines, it could be a better option than Linux for many use cases. Because it would not be bloated yet, would have a more secure and robust microkernel infrastructure, and would be an easier codebase to work on. That's because of this "if" that many people still work on the Hurd project, and that's also because of this everything-should-be-done-right attitude and attempts at code reuse from various project that it didn't shipped a working kernel yet.

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