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Old 04-16-2004, 06:09 PM   #1
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linux vs the hurd?

Can anyone clarify what is meant by 'the hurd', or in what way it is different from linux. Eg, I understand it's part of the gnu project, but what has that to do with the gnu license in linux? Is it different from a linux distribution? Etc.
Old 04-16-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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HURD is a kernel, just like LINUX. It's just a different kernel.

They follow a few different technical methods, for example, HURD is a microkernel, LINUX is a monolithic kernel.

But basically, HURD was started before LINUX, but since linus was bored with waiting for a good *nix on his PC (HURD had no release date set), he made LINUX.

LINUX took off and people ignored HURD, so it was never really "released". It's still in development by a couple of people though.
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Wow its been under developement for over 12 years now? This gives me a deep respect for Linus in creating linux so fast.
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Thanks for the answer. Even 'linux newbie guides' don't realise how confusing they can be to newbies in using terminology.


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