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News about Debian GNU/Hurd

May 21st, 2013

Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 released!

It is with huge pleasure that the Debian GNU/Hurd team announces the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2013.
This is a snapshot of Debian "sid" at the time of the Debian "wheezy" release (May 2013), so it is mostly based on the same sources. It is not an official Debian release, but it is an official Debian GNU/Hurd port release.

The installation ISO images can be downloaded from Debian Ports in the usual three Debian flavors: NETINST, CD, or DVD. Besides the friendly Debian installer, a pre-installed disk image is also available, making it even easier to try Debian GNU/Hurd.

Debian GNU/Hurd is currently available for the i386 architecture with more than 10.000 software packages available (more than 75% of the Debian archive, and more to come!).

Please make sure to read the configuration information, the FAQ, and the translator primer to get a grasp of the great features of GNU/Hurd.

Due to the very small number of developers, our progress of the project has not been as fast as other successful operating systems, but we believe to have reached a very decent state, even with our limited resources.

We would like to thank all the people who have worked on GNU/Hurd over the past decades. There were not many people at any given time (and still not many people today, please join!), but in the end a lot of people have contributed one way or the other. Thanks everybody!

June 11th, 2011

Various bugs of the debian-installer based image were fixed, there is no known issue except that GNOME and KDE are not installable yet.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

February 15th, 2011

The debian-installer based image was updated to squeeze d-i packages.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

September 1st, 2010

A debian-installer based image is available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

October 19th, 2009

The L1 DVD images are now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

December 21st, 2007

The K16 CD images are now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

November 19th, 2007

The K15 CD images are now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

November 27th, 2006

The K14 CD images are now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

April 26th, 2006

The K11 CD mini image is now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

October 26th, 2005

The K10 CD and DVD images are now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

May 14th, 2005

The K9 CD Images are now available.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

December 30th, 2004

The K8 CD Images are now available. These Images support Filesystems bigger than 2 GB and feature an update of the network device drivers.
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

March 6th, 2004

After a long time of not being updated, new CVS snapshots of the Hurd and GNU Mach are uploaded.

July 31st, 2003

The K4 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

April 30th, 2003

The K3 CD images are now available. They have been renamed to GNU-K3-CDx.iso
See the Hurd CD page for further information.

March 6th, 2003

The K2 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

October 10th, 2002

The J2 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

Upgrading Debian GNU/Hurd from a libio-based system before 2002-08-12 (including J1 CD series).

Updating a Debian GNU/Hurd system in August 2002 requires to follow the procedure outlined in the upgrade manual. This update procedure is necessary because the Hurd interfaces went through an incompatible change to prepare support of long files.

August 5th, 2002

The J1 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

February 26th, 2002

The H3 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

December 15th, 2001

The H2 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

November 11th, 2001

The H1 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

October 5th, 2001

The G1 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

August 7th, 2001

Today is the first time we crossed the 40% mark in the statistic about up-to-date packages per architecture.

July 31st, 2001

The F3 CD images are now available. See the Hurd CD page for further information.

July 12th, 2001

Marcus Brinkmann has made available his presentation about the hurd. It is currently available from:

http://www.marcus-brinkmann.de/talks.en.html

November 1st, 1999

Cleaned up some outstanding bug reports which were closed by now. Going to upload some more packages, in addition to those uploaded in the last days (inetutils, grub, man-db, now coming hostname, mtools, ...). All those now compile without any changes, which is a good thing. Seems we are slowly stabilizing the basic set of packages.

September 29th, 1999

There are patches to glue Linux character devices into GNU Mach now. These patches are very experimental, and the tty driver does not work correctly with the term translator, but we are working on it and hope to be able to provide a binary soon. Note that this will bring the Linux console to the Hurd (including color and virtual consoles), as well as drivers for various non standard mice and other serial devices.

I heard that some people are concerned about the size of GNU Mach, as well as it becoming a subset of Linux. Please note that we are only searching for a temporary solution here, until we have the time to redesign the driver interface in GNU Mach (or use another Microkernel). The microkernel is not at all that important as the Hurd servers are which run on top of it.

On the package side, we have now a proper shadow package (which produces passwd (thanks, BenC!)). Also, man-db should work out of the box now even with long filenames, but I haven't checked the other changes. All in all, the base section is getting into a good shape. Torin has applied my patch for perl, and that's another package I have to check out if it can be `finalized' now.

August 31st, 1999

debianutils 1.12 does now compile without patch.

August 5th, 1999

Source NMU for passwd (shadow) should fix all remaining problems in this package. This should make for a smoother install. On the other side, mutt requires a small patch.

July 27th, 1999

New packages of the core system are finished now. The Hurd has a new way to boot (the part that happens after init is started), take a look at /libexec/runsystem. This is useful for the sysvinit package, which is almost done. Fixed a buglet in GNU Lib C and one in GNU Mach. Autodetection of all network cards should work now, but maybe we need to tweak the order a bit (3c5x9 before 3c59x).

July 22nd, 1999

cpio 2.4.2-25 fixes the remaining Hurd compatibility issue and can now be compiled without changes. Thanks Brian!

July 5th, 1999

Perl 5.005.03 patches submitted to the maintainer. The upstream code was already clean (thanks, Mark!), but the Debian packaging scripts were linux specific.