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GNU OS/Hurd: is it needed?

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is it time for the gnu to throw in the towel on this 27 year tragedy?

i've follwed the hurd development for the last 12 years or so, they are no closer to completion or success implementation of this kernel than they were 20 years ago when they started on it.

which to me, honestly begs the question, we have the linux and bsd kernels, is the hurd needed any longer?
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For a while Allan and some of the high-power Archers started an attempt at an Arch Hurd. Purely out of boredom and curiosity.
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For a while Allan and some of the high-power Archers started an attempt at an Arch Hurd. Purely out of boredom and curiosity.

doesn't really answer any questions, i've seen arch hurd, downloaded it and threw it into a vmware, i wasn't really impressed with it to say the least.

i understand the hurd is still in development, but my question is, is it really needed any longer? could the gnu be devoting its time and resources to other quest than a vaporware kernel that has yet and most likely never come to full fruitation.

30 years ago, hurd was needed and could've made a difference, is that need still around, can it still make a difference?

the struggle linux has gone thru, with driver and software support, the hurd is surely going to face that as well, i know most software and packages can be easily ported to the hurd from linux, but where will that leave linux if this thing ever comes out?
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The question is, what does it offer that the Linux kernel can't. If it's a shorter list than what the linux kernel can offer that the hurd can't then we have an obvious choice.
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I don't think it's safe to compare Hurd with Linux. Hurd needs ALOT of work before non-developers should use it. It'd be nice to see it get polished a bit so that there is an open source (in RMS's eyes) microkernel available besides Minix.
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