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January 10, 2010 / P. Filippaios

A … “Hurd” work to do

GNU Hurd: Not so easy to catch

Allan McRae, the Arch dev, and Michael Walker  has recently started work on creating a -simple at first- Arch based, Hurd system.

What is Hurd at first ?

Hurd is completelly GNU compliant microkernel, being developed many years now. Unlike Linux, which became very popular and supported (especially after the SouthAfrican big bang), Hurd’s development has been slow, yet stable. It hasn’t even had an official release yet, declared as stable, or something.

OK, but, is there any distro out there ? Something ?

Yes, Debian Hurd. But so …hard to configure for now, since device support is limited.

That means … ?

That means, no support for many semi-popular devices or newest ones, no support for proprietary software, and no x86_64 or other architecture than x86 (I guess).

OK. Do we need it ?

Well, who knows ? For now, it’s just fun, until it gets useful.

The whole project – look here – is difficult enough, and not yet automated (even though Allan has created some very good scripts). It is supposed to reach the first goal after a minimal system can be

1)Chrooted through another UNIX system

2)Then, booted to init3

3)Then, booted to init5

After these, the goal should be to Arch-ify the system, that means: PKGBUILDs, BSD-like init with rc.conf, ABS and of course, the Arch community.

Let’s see…. 🙂 We may even see Xorg on it !

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  1. Mike / Jan 11 2010 5:28 pm

    Woah, I’m being referred to by *full name* online, something which has never happened before. I must have reached a threshold of famousness 🙂

    Hopefully, at the rate Allan’s going, we’ll have something which can boot and start to be packaged up in a week at the most.

    • flamelab / Jan 12 2010 2:07 am

      I really hope so, it would be really nice to see it 😀

    • Allan / Jan 12 2010 1:32 pm

      A week is being optimistic given I have the libpng/libjpeg rebuild to help out with this weekend (which is about 10% of the repo!). Oh, and work… 😛

      Saying that, we are not far off.

  2. Mike / Jan 12 2010 3:12 pm

    You choose work and Archlinux over Arch Hurd? Shame on you Allan! Shame!


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