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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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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Alfman on Tue 8th Jan 2013 06:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

MOS6510,

"Why not put in the effort in to Linux instead?"


I target linux myself because of it's market potential, but I'd be remorseful if we lost alternatives all together.

Linux works because it's got tons of man hours going into it, but that doesn't mean it's always the greatest approach. Plan-9 was an OS designed with much more care going into well designed interfaces. The FreeBSDs are often leading the curb as well. Sometimes it is linux. I like the variety and wouldn't want to end up having only a few mainstream operating systems.

Speaking of hurd specifically, I concede that I'm not familiar with it ;) but that doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't have merit in some way for those who have worked with it.

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