Debian GNU/Hurd

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Debian GNU/Hurd
Debian GNU/Hurd running GNU Emacs on IceWM
Developer Debian Project
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open-source
Latest release 2015
Update method APT (several front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i686
Kernel type Microkernel: GNU Hurd
Userland GNU
Default user interface IceWM
License Free software (mainly GPL).[1] Proprietary software in a separate (non-default) repository.[2]
Official website

Debian GNU/Hurd console startup and login

Debian GNU/Hurd is the Debian project's distribution of the GNU operating system, using the GNU Hurd microkernel. Debian GNU/Hurd has been in development since 1998,[3] and has made an official release in May 2013, with 78% of the software packaged for Debian GNU/Linux ported to the GNU Hurd.[4] However, the Hurd itself remains under development, and as such is not ready for use in production systems. The overwhelming majority of Debian users run Debian with Linux (Debian GNU/Linux), rather than Debian GNU/Hurd. The Debian GNU/Hurd developers were hoping to be able to release it for the next major release of Debian, "wheezy",[5][6] which took place in May 2013.[7] However, Hurd is not part of the official "wheezy" release, but GNU/Hurd is further maintained and improved as an unofficial port.

Debian GNU/Hurd is distributed as an installer CD (running the official Debian installer) or ready-to-run virtual disk image (Live CD, Live USB). The CD uses the IA-32 architecture, making it compatible with IA-32 and x86-64 PCs.

The current version of Debian GNU/Hurd is 2015, published in April 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "License information". Debian. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Debian - Packages". Debian.  See non-free repository
  3. ^ " is up!" (Mailing list). Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "The GNU/Hurd architecture, nifty features, and latest news" (PDF). Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  5. ^ 2011-q2, GNU Hurd news, read 15 August 2011.
  6. ^ Debian GNU/Hurd project page, read 15 August 2011.
  7. ^ 2013-q2 Debian news, read 6 May 2013.

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