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

A Status Update On GNU Hurd: Java, Debian, Money

Debian

Published on 13 July 2011 08:59 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian
23 Comments

Over on the GNU.org Hurd news page is a status update for the GNU Hurd operating system for Q2'2011.

The Q2'2011 update for the long-in-development GNU Hurd operating system says that Java is coming to Hurd this summer as part of Google Summer of Code, but in the process of porting Java, the student is also filling in some parts of Hurd's componentry in order to handle the Java run-time.

Additionally, the first Debian GNU/Hurd spins with a graphical installer is now available. It's publicly available here. Debian GNU/Hurd can run within a KVM/QEMU virtualized environment, but it's hardware support is still shoddy (the network adapter support is limited to what was found in the Linux 2.0 kernel, for instance).

Debian also plans to release an official Debian GNU/Hurd variant with the "Wheezy" release. There's still quite a bit of time left as Debian Wheezy isn't scheduled to be released until late 2012 or early 2013.

Lastly, there's monetary bounties being offered to work on GNU Hurd. Among the "open issues" for GNU Hurd bounties include supporting the Google Go and ADA programming languages, libc variant selection, and improving GNU Mach memory management.

For those that might not be familiar with the Hurd, it's a free software GPL-licensed kernel that's been in development since 1990. GNU Hurd runs on the GNU Mach micro-kernel rather than a traditional monolithic kernel design. GNU Hurd hasn't advanced nearly as much as the Linux kernel has over the past 21 years, but there's still people working on it as an alternative. The Debian GNU/Hurd port is to be similar to the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port that pairs the GNU user-land from Debian with the FreeBSD kernel, except it will be with the Hurd kernel and Debian user-land. Similarly, there's been Arch Hurd and Gentoo Hurd efforts in the past.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis
  2. D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera
  3. Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
  4. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
Latest Linux Articles
  1. The Performance Of Fedora 20 Updated
  2. Clang Fights GCC On AMD's Athlon AM1 APU With Jaguar Cores
  3. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Oracle Linux vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE
  4. How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?
Latest Linux News
  1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Is Looking Fantastic
  2. Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week
  3. Another X.Org EVoC Proposed For OpenGL 4+ Tests
  4. The Best Features Coming With Qt 5.3
  5. Red Hat's RHEL7 RC ISO Is Now Publicly Available
  6. Nuclear Dawn Seems To Run Fine On AMD Linux
  7. KDE 4.14 Release Schedule Published
  8. GCC 4.9.0 Released, Brings Many Compiler Features
  9. OpenSSL Forked By OpenBSD Into LibreSSL
  10. GNOME Has Big Plans For Its Maps Application
  11. NVIDIA Will Soon Probably Introduce OpenCL 1.2 Linux Support
  12. Google Is Financing A Lot Of Great Open-Source Work This Summer
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. New card. Open source drivers only.
  2. Announcing radeontop, a tool for viewing the GPU usage
  3. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  4. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  5. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  6. Script for Fan Speed Control
  7. Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel
  8. ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS