GNU Hurd

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GNU Hurd is a collection of microkernel servers written as part of GNU, for the GNU Mach microkernel. It has been under development since 1990 by the GNU Project of the Free Software Foundation, designed as a replacement for the Unix kernel,[3] and released as free software under the GNU General Public License. When the Linux kernel proved to be a viable solution, development of GNU Hurd slowed, at times alternating between stasis and renewed activity and interest.[4]

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GNU Hurd
DeveloperGNU Project
Thomas Bushnell
Roland McGrath
Marcus Brinkmann
Neal Walfield
Samuel Thibault
Written inAssembly, C
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelFree software
Initial release1990; 33 years ago (1990)
Latest release0.9[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 18 December 2016
Platformsx86-64, IA-32, i686
Kernel typeMultiserver microkernel

The Hurd's design consists of a set of protocols and server processes (or daemons, in Unix terminology) that run on the GNU Mach microkernel.[3] The Hurd aims to surpass the Unix kernel in functionality, security, and stability, while remaining largely compatible with it. The GNU Project chose the multiserver microkernel[5] for the operating system, due to perceived advantages over the traditional Unix monolithic kernel architecture,[6] a view that had been advocated by some developers in the 1980s.[4]

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