Welcome to the GNU Hurd
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What is the GNU Hurd?
The Hurd is GNU's Multiserver Microkernel operating system. It is
designed with the intention of fixing many of the flaws in Un*x. What
are these flaws? The arbitrary limits that it imposes on the user:
there is not a whole lot that a user can do without special privileges.
Consider an NFS filesystem. Only root can mount this on a traditional
Un*x system. Why is this? It is not that NFS accesses anything
dangerous, at least, it is no more dangerous than ftp. However, as a
portion of the NFS code lives in the kernel, this presents a potential
security problem. In the Hurd, a user can transparently mount an NFS
filesystem directly into their home directory without affecting the
security of the system as a whole. And this is only the tip of the
Installation Guides can be found at the following locations:
You can find out about Debian GNU/Hurd ISO images at:
They come with a modified version of the Debian boot floppies making
installation relatively simple.
GNU Mach uses the drivers found in the Linux 2.0.x kernel. Note,
there is no support for PCMCIA. Here is an HCL:
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The Hurd FAQ:
A common question is: How can I contribute? There are many tasks that
need to be done:
- Help update the web pages at http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd.
- Write documentation.
- Port applications. Contact email@example.com.
- Write code. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Look at:
- Send feedback. This is, of course, the most important task of all:
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