Arch Hurd is an operating system based on Arch Linux, but uses the GNU Hurd kernel instead of the Linux kernel.[1]

Arch Hurd
Arch Hurd logo
OS familyUnix-like (GNU/Hurd)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release(Rolling release) / LiveCD i686-core-2011-08-17 / August 17, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-08-17)
Marketing targetGeneral purpose
Update methodpacman
Package managerpacman
Kernel typeMicrokernel (Hurd)
Default user interfaceBash
LicenseGNU General Public License

The Arch Hurd project was founded on an Arch Linux forum thread[2] in January 2010 and, after a few weeks with many contributions, progressed to the point where it could boot in a virtual machine.[3] It aims to provide an Arch-like user environment (BSD-style init scripts, i686-optimised packages, use of the pacman package manager, rolling-release, and a KISS set up) on the Hurd which is stable enough for use.[1]

Despite having a small development team,[4] much progress has been made since its founding, such as booting on real hardware,[5] packaging everything for a basic web server,[6] and the production of an unofficial graphical LiveCD.[7][8][9]

In June 2011, Arch Hurd announced successful integration of Device Driver Environment (DDE) — the framework for Linux drivers on Hurd, which improves the network hardware support in the distribution and makes it nearly usable.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "About", Arch Hurd, retrieved 2011-01-18
  2. ^ "Arch Hurd Project", Arch Linux Forums, 2010-01-04, retrieved 2011-01-18
  3. ^ "A month of the Hurd: Arch Hurd, FOSDEM preparations and a thesis on mobile Hurd objects.", GNU, 2010-01-31, retrieved 2011-12-08
  4. ^ "Team", Arch Hurd, retrieved 2011-12-08
  5. ^ "A month of the Hurd: Arch Hurd, updated Debian GNU/Hurd QEMU image, and GSoC students.", GNU, 2010-04-30, retrieved 2011-12-08
  6. ^ "A month of the Hurd: Media Appearances, procfs, Arch Hurd.", GNU, 2010-08-31, retrieved 2011-12-08
  7. ^ "Graphical livecd - Desktop packages", Arch Hurd, 2010-12-07, retrieved 2011-12-08
  8. ^ "A month of the Hurd: CD images.", GNU, 2010-12-31, retrieved 2011-12-08
  9. ^ Vervloesem, Koen (2010-07-07). "The Hurd: GNU's quest for the perfect kernel". Hurd distributions. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  10. ^ Gilles, Stephen (2011-06-29), "Successful use of DDE!", Arch Hurd, retrieved 2011-12-08

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