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GNU HURD - altered visions and lost promise

Jul 01, 2010, 01:34 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"The HURD was meant to be the true kernel at the heart of the GNU operating system. The promise behind the HURD was revolutionary – a set of daemons on top of a microkernel that was intended to surpass the performance of the monolithic kernels of traditional Unix systems and in doing so, give greater security, freedom and flexibility to the users – but it has yet to come down to earth.

"Work on the GNU operating system began in 1984 and had been seven or eight years in the making by the time that Linux came along.

""If the GNU kernel had been ready last spring," Linus Torvalds wrote to Andy Tanenbaum in January 1992, "I'd not have bothered to even start my project: the fact is that it wasn't and still isn't"."

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