32bitsonline: Introduction to the GNU/HurdAug 11, 1999, 18:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Derek Barber)
[ Thanks to Derek Barber for this link. ]
"In 1983 the GNU project was started by Richard Stallman, who was working in MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab at the time. The project was very ambitious... By 1990 almost all of the pieces were completed, all except for the most important piece, the kernel..."
"Work then began upon a kernel for the GNU system, the name given to this kernel was the Hurd. The actual meaning of Hurd is quite interesting, it is a mutually recursive acronym; Hurd stands for "Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons", and then the Hird part of Hurd stands for "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth."
"The Hurd is based upon a microkernel design and is made up of a number of servers that run as processes on top of a microkernel. "