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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
Member since:
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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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 8th Jan 2013 07:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-05-12

I'm sure someone somewhere can find some merit for it, but I wonder how many people can and what kind of basis does this merit have.

If it's based on "I like it, just feels nicer, dunno" I don't give this kind of merit much merit.

You listed a couple of valid choices, but it's just hard to imagine Hurd taking up a valid place amongst them. Considering how long it has already taken I seriously doubt anyone could seriously have much faith in a happy marriage when going for Hurd.

I don't know anyone using Minix, but even that is a complete and working system.

If people like to work on Hurd then good for them, but it's a sizable project and I just wonder it the time and energy spend isn't better spend on something like Linux. Linux users are, probably, their target audience anyway, but I don't see Linux users leaving a mature and working system for Hurd.

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