Exploring GNU/Hurd – The lost operating system

A Road Not Taken

Debian GNU/Hurd is not ready for everyday use. Several years are probably needed for it to reach that moving goal post technically, assuming it ever does. Meanwhile, the Hurd's instability and incomplete documentation mean that trying it can be challenging even for experienced users. You have to persevere to get to the interesting aspects.

Still, if you have any interest in kernels and operating systems, exploring Debian GNU/Hurd might be worth your effort. You probably won't come away with any strong opinion on the microkernel vs. monolithic debate, simply because the painfully basic and only tentatively stable Hurd is going to suffer in any comparison with the sophistication of a recent Linux Kernel. But, if nothing else, you should come away with a useful sense of other possibilities.

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