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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[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by moondevil on Tue 8th Jan 2013 12:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
moondevil
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2005-07-08

UNIX and the UNIX reincarnation Linux have been around for so many years, it must be a good way of doing things.


Inertia and easiness of porting existing code have a lot to do with it.

I doubt Linux would have ever picked up steam if some companies did not saw on it a cheap way to stop paying big bucks for commercial UNIXes while keeping existing code bases. Thus is was worth the investment of helping to improve the Linux kernel.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 8th Jan 2013 12:32 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes, and I doubt if such a situation will arise for Hurd.

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by moondevil on Tue 8th Jan 2013 13:48 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I fully agree with you, but that should not stop people to work on it, if they like to do so.

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