Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jul 2011 07:29 UTC, submitted by Gregory
OSNews, Generic OSes The Hurd is still doing its thing. "Jeremie Koenig started working on his Google Summer of Code project: bringing not only Java to the Hurd, but also fixing or adding missing parts in the Hurd's components along the way. For example, he already contributed a set of signal handling improvements. Samuel Thibault created the first Debian GNU/Hurd CD set with a graphical installer. You can dowload it at the usual place for Debian CD images."
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RE: Status of Hurd?
by TimKack on Wed 13th Jul 2011 09:57 UTC in reply to "Status of Hurd?"
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2011-07-13

I have been following Hurd for years and I must say that right now (and for perhaps a year) there seems to be a more focused effort take make it stable and make it work, using gnumach as the kernel.
The chase for a new micro kernel is still on but very much a more academic exercise happening in parallel and in a slow pace from what I can tell.
The GNU Hurd project still suffers from not enough developers to do the work that is needed.
The ambition to port OpenJDK 7 to Hurd (and fixing things in core places as needed) is an excellent way of making it more stable.
Archhurd has proven that DDE is possible to use as a driver layer and while I was skeptical to have drivers in userland, I now see that it is an excellent way of getting drivers with less effort and ok performance. It It is not like the freebsd layer in Haiku (which I think is in privileged kernel land) but the goals are different between the OSes. DDE fits perfectly into Hurd.

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