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Re: Status of Hurd on Alpha?


>>>>> Falk Hueffner writes:

 FH> Hi, I have now acces to an Alpha 164SX system, and would like to
 FH> know if it would be possible to have a Hurd based GNU/Linux
 FH> running on it.

[For future reference: since such a system doesn't use the Linux
kernel, we simply call it ``GNU''.]

Yes, that most definitely is possible.  The major requirements would
be to port GNU Mach, then the GNU C library (which should be quite
easy, given that it already works on Alpha Linux), then finally the
Hurd libthreads.

 FH> I know the Mach kernel should be easy to port in theory...

I am not a kernel hacker, so I won't claim that it's ``easy'', but I
do know that it should be made easier because of all the other free
kernels that have been ported to the Alpha.

If you have serious interest in attempting a new port, please declare
your intentions to bug-hurd@gnu.org, so that the Hurd and GNU Mach
people know what you're doing.

Good luck,

 Gordon Matzigkeit <gord@fig.org> //\ I'm a FIG (http://www.fig.org/)
    Lovers of freedom, unite!     \// I use GNU (http://www.gnu.org/)

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