1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Test Driving GNU Hurd, With Benchmarks Against Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 July 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 4 - 17 Comments

Last week there was a GNU Hurd status update, which generated a fair amount of attention as it stated there are plans for a Debian GNU/Hurd release in conjunction with Debian "Wheezy" when it's out in late 2012 or early 2013. After being in development for more than 20 years, the Hurd is finally taking some shape. The Debian GNU/Hurd installer for Wheezy is even now working, which I tried out and ended up porting the Phoronix Test Suite to GNU Hurd. In this article is a brief look at Debian GNU/Hurd along with the first-ever benchmarks of Debian GNU/Hurd against Debian GNU/Linux.

The Wheezy development snapshots for GNU Hurd are just available for i386, since that's the only architecture Hurd supports at the moment. Debian GNU/Hurd is available in the usual variety of spins like the other Debian variants: a net installer, DVD installer, or as three CD ISOs.

Installing Debian GNU/Hurd is just like installing Debian GNU/Linux or Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. Launching the graphical installer had failed using the 2011-07-01 build, but the text installer worked fine. The file-system used by Debian GNU/Hurd at present is EXT2. All testing was done in a KVM/QEMU virtual machine instance. The GNU Hurd hardware support right now is quite poor -- it's basically what you'd expect hardware support wise from around the Linux 2.0 kernel or earlier. None of the hardware at Phoronix is capable of running Debian GNU/Hurd. Even if it could run on modern hardware, the Hurd does not yet have SMP support meaning it would only take advantage of a single core/thread. The hardware support is lagging behind by about a decade or longer.

A fair amount of the Debian user-land is available to Debian GNU/Hurd at this point. In fact, it was surprising the amount of software that was available and working. GCC 4.6.1 and the rest of the build-essential components were also working fine under Debian GNU/Hurd, which made it easy to build additional software and for the benchmarks.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Acer B286HK: A 28-inch UHD LED 4K Monitor For As Low As $350
  2. Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  3. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  4. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs
  2. Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
  3. Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3
  4. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
Latest Linux News
  1. NVIDIA Posts Tegra Gallium3D Patch For K1+ Support
  2. Ubuntu 14.10 MacBook Air Tests With Linux 3.18, Mesa 10.5
  3. AMD Richland APU Support Added To Coreboot
  4. 2014 Holiday Shopping Reminder, Happy Thanksgiving
  5. Python 3 Support Added To The GNOME Shell
  6. ReactOS Lands Its New Explorer Shell
  7. Weston's IVI Shell Sees New Version
  8. IMP Launches As Another Open-Source Computer Attempt
  9. Git 2.2.0 Released With 550+ Changes
  10. GNOME 3.15.2 Released
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Hurrican SDL Port
  3. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  4. how to configure module phoromatic ?
  5. PulseAudio 6.0 Is Coming & Other Linux Audio Plans For The Future
  6. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  7. Cant get working Kaveri APU - A10-7850k
  8. Script for Fan Speed Control