(HURD and DNF have both been synonymous with vaporware for a long time, sometimes combined to "Yeah, X is going to be finished right after Duke Nukem forever runs on the Hurd". It would be a fun gag to make it happen.)
wget http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/debian-hurd.img.tar.gz; tar xf de*hu*gz; qemu-system-x86_64 -net user,hostfwd=tcp:127.0.0.1:2222-:22 -net nic -m 1G -drive cache=writeback,file=$(ls de*hu*g)
wget http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/debian-hurd.img.tar.gz; tar xf de*hu*gz; qemu-system-x86_64 -hda de*hu*g -m 1G
For official info, see https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd/running/qemu.html#ind...
There are already plenty of decent Unix-style and other kernels out there, mostly relegated to academia and research.
Any of these would be decent enough to lay the foundations of a free stack.
The real problem is the APIs, services, and the hardware drivers.
The locked garden style of hardware and subscription models are becoming more and more prevalent.
And even using Debian or some other Linux doesn't amount to squat if you're using a back-doored Intel chip with its 'management engine', running a browser which is making it easy for 200 trackers to follow you on every site, and a smart phone, designed by an ad company, has turned you into a broadcasting station.
The Hurd is the only multi-server microkernel system with a POSIX persona, though. The Hurd is a very flexible system, it just needs all those Linux developers to make progress more quickly.
Or to harden your own system by running your browser with minimized rights, only granting it the capability to access the filesystem outside its cache if and while the user actually wants to access it, and only for the right directories. The Hurd already provides that option.
MINIX 3, unlike earlier versions, aims to be used in production rather than being purely a research OS.
MINIX 3 has incorporated code from NetBSD making it possible to run a lot of software on MINIX 3 from the NetBSD ports collection.
I have not used MINIX but I remain interested in it and think it deserves a mention.
That would be amazing to achieve on Linux. Unfortunately UML is not quite the same. I wonder if they'll ever get to the place where Hurd could be a coreos-like system with better isolation.
I mean, it's interesting to see the progress now and then, but I can't imagine seeing it on anyone's short-list for OS's that could be deployed in a production environment.
Also, how's the performance? The last time I tried Hurd the performance was atrocious.
Some of the reasons for that are discussed in this article: http://www.draketo.de/light/english/free-software/some-techn...
If you want performance from the Hurd, run it in a qemu VM so it profits from the caching algorithms of the Linux host. Then performance is actually pretty good — and you still gain most of the advantages of using the Hurd as OS.
I'm curious to know what made you wonder whether it did, and whether you would consider that a positive or a negative (and why).