Supporting a GNU Hurd port?

Patrick Goetz pgoetz at
Wed Dec 9 16:56:09 UTC 2009

> Subject: Re: Supporting a GNU Hurd port?
> From: John Moser <john.r.moser at>
> Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 10:07:44 -0500
> you know the microkernel arguments, and they're actually
> pretty considerable.  The idea of a system that's easier to maintain
> (face it, operating systems are huge now; smaller chunks are easier)
> and self-error-correcting (MULTICS did it, Minix does it) is not
> really far fetched

If this were really true, why has it taken so long to get GNU Hurd into 
an even vaguely functional state?

Speaking as a mathematician, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind at all 
times: theory != reality.

The linux kernel is an amazingly stable piece of software with a 
mind-numbingly rapid rate of constant revision.  There are plenty of 
things in Ubuntu that could use some attention (gnome comes to mind 
immediately); the linux kernel is not one of them.

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