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"In a discussion with the Debian Hurd porters it was decided that the Hurd port stays on FTPMaster until Wheezy is released. Should they have managed to get the port into a state that it is released together with all the others (probably as a technology preview), it is kept in the archive. Should they not manage this the port will be removed from the main archive and move fully to"1

What is Debian GNU/Hurd ?

Debian GNU/Hurd is an operating system from Debian, but which uses GNU Hurd, which a set of servers, running on top of the GNU Mach microkernel instead of the kernel named Linux (thus the name Debian GNU/Hurd). Some day, most applications will exist both in Debian GNU/Hurd and in Debian GNU/Linux.

Basic info

Goals for releasing in wheezy

Goals for later

Developer info

Bits draft


It is half a year since the last "Bits from Debian GNU/Hurd porters[1]", here is an update on the port[2].

The Debian Installer is included in the recent three CD set[3], now with a graphics and semi-graphics interface! A DVD is and a netinst iso is also available. For the impatioent we have a ready-to-go qemu image[4].

At the Gnu Hackers Meeting in Paris in August 2011, Samuel Thibault presented "GNU/Hurd, aka. Extensibility from the Ground" with a very good response from the audience. A slides[5] and a video[6] from that presentaion is available.

Since the ftp-master meeting in March 2011 considerable improvements have been made, and a technology release of GNU/Hurd with Wheezy as was made for kFreeBSD did for Squeeze is still the target. More information is available at the updated TODO list[7]. With respect to package porting only a few packages will remain at the site, when all bugs reports with patches are attended by the Debian Maintainers.

Thanks to the efforts of various Debian/Hurd porters, the percentage of packages built for Debian GNU/Hurd is reaching about 71%, an increase by 3%. This can sound as a small imprevement since July 2011 but it is not.

There are currently 1 serious, 52 important, 14 normal, 2 wishlist, 7 forwarded and 4 pending upload bugs, all with patches. When these have been properly attended, the percentage will incrrase considerably.

The remaining 28% of packages are either waiting for other packages to become available (see [8] for a (big) graph of those relationships) or are failing for some reason[9]; a complete list of build failures can be found at [10].

To name some packages, we have Icewaesel, Abiword, Gnumeric, etc, and soon the whole Gnome and KDE suites.

The autobuilders are keeping the pace relavitely nicely ad we have now a new kvm-based Debian buildd:

The sister project Arch Hurd has recently released a Live CD and have also DDE integrated to enable the use of up to date GNU/linux drivers for GNU/Hurd. is a new Debian porter box and there is also a new public Hurd box,

The machine is a DD-accessible box, and accounts can be opened to non-DD alioth members on request to

Work on the DDE layer to seamlessly integrate Linux 2.6 drivers in userland processes isin the intergation stage. Network card support is basically working on real hardware, and the overhead is quite low. Integration of other driver classes is also on the roadmap.

The Debian GNU/Hurd porters.

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  1. - Debian pushes development of the Hurd port (1)