Linked by the_randymon on Mon 7th Jan 2013 18:56 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The mostly-morubund Hurd project is well known for what it's not: the kernel at the heart of the GNU/Linux system. But there's a long and interesting story about what it could have been, too. From Linux User magazine: "The design of the Hurd was an attempt to embody the spirit and promise of the free software movement in code." Those are mighty ambitions, and this story is as much about competing visions as competing kernels. Says Thomas Bushnell: "My first choice was to take the BSD 4.4-Lite release and make a kernel. I knew the code, I knew how to do it. It is now perfectly obvious to me that this would have succeeded splendidly and the world would be a very different place today." This is a well-written and fascinating read.
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by Sodki on Mon 7th Jan 2013 23:21 UTC
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Well, the bottom line is that micro-kernels are hard to build and some efforts like HURD just lack the momentum to build a proper one. With Linux on board the GNU OS was a practical reality and there was no pragmatic need for HURD anymore. Thus the momentum was lost even further.

Efforts like MINIX are completely different. It's an academic project and every year there are new students to pick it up. Also, I've met Tanenbaum once and he seemed like a really nice guy. :-)

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