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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Comment by greygandalf
by greygandalf on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 15:50 UTC
greygandalf
Member since:
2008-04-07

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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RE: Comment by greygandalf
by sorpigal on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 16:56 in reply to "Comment by greygandalf"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I generally agree. Chasing ever-better kernels is a clear mistake. Whatever works best *right now* should be used, and to hell with the negatives. Once you have a fairly complete system you can revisit the question of whether replacing the kernel is worthwhile. If it still sounds good then, do it.

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RE: Comment by greygandalf
by neticspace on Sun 4th Jul 2010 15:11 in reply to "Comment by greygandalf"
neticspace Member since:
2009-06-09

Revival of the Mach kernel? I like it.

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RE[2]: Comment by greygandalf
by fithisux on Mon 5th Jul 2010 06:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by greygandalf"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

If they want to revive Mach why not port open source bits of apple to HURD?

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