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Neal H Walfield
Thu, 03 May 2001 23:28:02 -0500
Welcome to the Hurd
Welcome to the Hurd. This email is automatically sent at the begining
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mailing lists. This message is intended for a quick orientation to new
What is the Hurd?
The Hurd is GNU's Multiserver Microkernel operating system. It is
designed with the intention of fixing many of the flaws in *nix. What
are these flaws? The arbitrary limits that it imposes on the user:
there is not a whole lot that a user can do without special privileges.
Consider an NFS filesystem. Only root can mount this on a traditional
*nix system. Why is this? It is not that NFS accesses anything
dangerous, at least, it is no more dangerous than ftp. However, as a
portion of the NFS code lives in the kernel, this presents a potential
security problem. In the Hurd, a user can transparently mount a NFS
filesystem directly into their home directory without affecting the
security of the system as a whole. And this is only the tip of the
The most up to date installation guide is available at:
GNU Mach uses the drivers found in the Linux 2.0.x kernel. Note, there
is no support for PCMCIA. Here is a HCL:
- address@hidden: Hurd and Mach development.
- address@hidden: General Hurd questions.
- address@hidden: Maintenance of the hurd webpages at
- address@hidden: All things related to Debian GNU/Hurd
(especially porting issues).
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The Hurd FAQ:
A common question is: how can I contribute? There are many tasks that
need to be done:
- Help update the web pages at hurd.gnu.org. Contact
- Write documentation.
- Port applications. Contact address@hidden Look at
- Write code. Contact address@hidden Look at:
- Send feedback. This is, of course, the most important task of all:
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