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
Initial release May 21, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-05-21)[1]
Latest release 2017 / January 15, 2017; 17 months ago (2017-01-15)[1]
Update method APT (several front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i686
Kernel type Microkernel
Userland GNU
Default user interface IceWM
License Free software (mainly GPL).[2] Proprietary software in a separate (non-default) repository.[3]
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,[4] and made a formal release in May 2013, with 78% of the software packaged for Debian GNU/Linux ported to the GNU Hurd.[5] The Debian GNU/Hurd developers were hoping to be able to release it with Debian "Wheezy"[6][7] in 2013.[8] However, Hurd is not yet an official Debian release, and is maintained and developed as an unofficial port.

According to the GNU/Hurd compatibility guide, the current version is compatible with laptops but there is no PCMCIA support yet.[9]

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 2017, published in January 2017.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "News about Debian GNU/Hurd". Archived from the original on 2017-09-29. 
  2. ^ "License information". Debian. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Debian - Packages". Debian.  See non-free repository
  4. ^ " is up!" (Mailing list). Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "A comparison between Debian GNU/hurd and Debuan Gnu/kFreeBSD". Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "2011-q2 – GNU Hurd news". Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Debian GNU/Hurd project page". Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "2013-q2 – Debian news". Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  9. ^ The Linux documentation project. "Debian GNU/Hurd (hurd-i386)". Retrieved 23 November 2015. 

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