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GNU Hurd 0.6 released

Thomas Schwinge <thomas>
2015-04-15 20:51:08 GMT


We're pleased to announce version 0.6 of the GNU Hurd,

The GNU Hurd is the GNU project's replacement for the Unix kernel.  It is
a collection of servers that run on the Mach microkernel to implement
file systems, network protocols, file access control, and other features
that are implemented by the Unix kernel or similar kernels (such as
Linux).  More detailed:

GNU Hurd runs on 32-bit x86 machines.  A version running on 64-bit x86
(x86_64) machines is in progress.  Volunteers interested in ports to
other architectures are sought; please contact us (see below) if you'd
like to help.

To compile the Hurd, you need a toolchain configured to target i?86-gnu;
you cannot use a toolchain targeting GNU/Linux.  Also note that you
cannot run the Hurd "in isolation": you'll need to add further components
such as the GNU Mach microkernel and the GNU C Library (glibc), to turn
it into a runnable system.

This new release bundles bug fixes and enhancements done since the last

| Version 0.6 (2015-04-10)
| Numerous cleanups and stylistic fixes of the code base.  Several
| problems have been identified using static analysis and exercising
| tools, and have subsequently been fixed.
| The message dispatching code in the Hurd servers has been improved.
| Among other things, we now make use of the protected payloads
| introduced in GNU Mach 1.5.
| The embedded gz and bz2 decompressor code has been removed, libz and
| libbz2 is used instead.
| The native fakeroot tool has been greatly improved and is now able to
| build many packages.  The portinfo and rpctrace tools now offer a
| better debugging experience.
| The performance of the integer hashing library has been improved.
| The init server has been split into the startup server (handling early
| system bootstrap and shutdown), and a SysV-style init program (aptly
| named `init').
| The procfs and random translators have been merged.

Many thanks to all the people who are helping!

Releases may be downloaded from <≥, or checked
out of Git, <>.

The MD5 and SHA1 checksums for this distribution are:

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Please read the FAQ at <>.
Bug reports should be sent to <bug-hurd> or filed on
<>.  Requests for assistance
should be sent to <help-hurd> or filed on
<>.  You can also find us on
the Freenode IRC network in the #hurd channel.

For the maintainers,


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