Arch Hurd

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Arch Hurd
Arch Hurd logo
OS family Unix-like (GNU/Hurd)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release (Rolling release) / LiveCD i686-core-2011-08-17 / August 17, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-08-17)
Marketing target General purpose
Update method pacman
Package manager pacman
Platforms i686
Kernel type Microkernel (Hurd)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Bash
License GNU General Public License
Official website

Arch Hurd is an operating system based on Arch Linux, but uses the GNU Hurd kernel instead of the Linux kernel.[1]

The Arch Hurd project was founded on an Arch Linux forum thread[2] in January 2010 and, after a few weeks with many contributions, progressed to the point where it could boot in a virtual machine.[3] It aims to provide an Arch-like user environment (BSD-style init scripts, i686-optimised packages, use of the pacman package manager, rolling-release, and a KISS set up) on the Hurd which is stable enough for use.[1]

Despite having a small development team,[4] much progress has been made since its founding, such as booting on real hardware,[5] packaging everything for a basic web server,[6] and the production of an unofficial graphical LiveCD.[7][8][9]

In June 2011, Arch Hurd announced successful integration of Device Driver Environment (DDE) — the framework for Linux drivers on Hurd, which improves the network hardware support in the distribution and makes it nearly usable.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "About", Arch Hurd, retrieved 2011-01-18 
  2. ^ "Arch Hurd Project", Arch Linux Forums, 2010-01-04, retrieved 2011-01-18 
  3. ^ "A month of the Hurd: Arch Hurd, FOSDEM preparations and a thesis on mobile Hurd objects.", GNU, 2010-01-31, retrieved 2011-12-08 
  4. ^ "Team", Arch Hurd, retrieved 2011-12-08 
  5. ^ "A month of the Hurd: Arch Hurd, updated Debian GNU/Hurd QEMU image, and GSoC students.", GNU, 2010-04-30, retrieved 2011-12-08 
  6. ^ "A month of the Hurd: Media Appearances, procfs, Arch Hurd.", GNU, 2010-08-31, retrieved 2011-12-08 
  7. ^ "Graphical livecd - Desktop packages", Arch Hurd, 2010-12-07, retrieved 2011-12-08 
  8. ^ "A month of the Hurd: CD images.", GNU, 2010-12-31, retrieved 2011-12-08 
  9. ^ Vervloesem, Koen (2010-07-07). "The Hurd: GNU's quest for the perfect kernel". Hurd distributions. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  10. ^ Gilles, Stephen (2011-06-29), "Successful use of DDE!", Arch Hurd, retrieved 2011-12-08 

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