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GNU Hurd Is Up To 344k Lines Of Code

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Published on 29 December 2013 10:21 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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While GNU Hurd has been around for years prior to the existence of the Linux kernel, Hurd is now up to only 344 thousand lines of code, but it's having a hard time getting much higher.

In running some year-end Git statistics on the Hurd source tree, Hurd is up to 344,059 lines of code across 1,734 files and its seen more than 11,108 commits from 43 authors. The Linux kernel meanwhile has more than fifteen million lines of code and many more authors and many times more commits.

GNU Hurd Is Up To 344k Lines Of Code

Hurd's rate of development is down dramatically compared to the 90's. Back in the mid-90's there were 2000+ commits per year while in 2013 there were just 288 commits.

GNU Hurd Is Up To 344k Lines Of Code

Hurd does see new commits almost daily, but there's very few contributors... Just a handful each month. Responsible for most of the work this year was Justus Winter with over 50% of the commits being from him followed by Samuel Thibault, Richard Braun, Miguel Figueiredo, Pino Toscano, and Thomas Schwinge. There were just eight active authors this year on Hurd compared to more than a dozen each of the past three years.

GNU Hurd Is Up To 344k Lines Of Code

The file count hasn't seen much of an increase since the 90's.

GNU Hurd Is Up To 344k Lines Of Code

The line count for Hurd has also been mostly stable for more than the past decade.

Those wishing to learn more about GNU Hurd can visit its GNU.org project site. Those wanting to try out Hurd, one of the easiest ways to do so is by using the Debian GNU/Hurd derivative.

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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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