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Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 Release Brings New Packages

Debian

Published on 22 May 2013 06:04 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian
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While it wasn't part of the Debian 7.0 Wheezy release earlier this month, the GNU non-Linux folks have now put out Debian GNU/Hurd 2013. This operating system pairs the Debian user-land with the GNU Hurd kernel.

Debian GNU/Hurd doesn't receive the level of attention or developer love as Debian GNU/Linux, or even compared to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, but still the project is working out to a surprising level -- to the point that I've even been able to do benchmarks of Debian GNU/Hurd in the past.

The Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 release is based upon Debian Sid at the time of the Debian Wheezy release and is being made available in CD, DVD, and net-installer formats. Debian GNU/Hurd right now is only in a 32-bit spin, but there are more than 10,000 software packages available.

Sadly due to the Hurd kernel's less than stellar hardware/driver support, if wishing to run Debian GNU/Hurd on any modern hardware, it's mostly only useful when running in a QEMU virtual machine.

For more information on Debian GNU/Hurd 2013, read its release announcement at GNU.org. Benchmarks of Debian GNU/Hurd against GNU/Linux and GNU/kFreeBSD are forthcoming on Phoronix.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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