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author <Svante@web>2013-05-21 19:48:44 +0200
committerGNU Hurd web pages engine <>2013-05-21 19:48:44 +0200
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@@ -28,12 +28,13 @@ several instances of the Hurd in parallel, and debug even critical
servers in one Hurd instance with gdb running on another Hurd
instance. You can run the X window system, applications that use it such as
gnumeric, iceweasel, and advanced server applications like the Apache webserver.
+GNU/Linux network driver supports was included some time ago via the DDE environment,
+and experimental support for SATA devices was very recently added.
-On the negative side, the support for character devices (like sound
+On the features side, support for character devices (like sound
cards) and other hardware (USB, multicore) is mostly missing. Although the [[POSIX
interface|faq/posix_compatibility]] is provided, some additional interfaces
-like POSIX shared
-memory or semaphores are still under development.
+like POSIX shared memory or semaphores are still under development.
All this applies to the current development version, and not to the
last release (0.2). We encourage everybody who is interested to try
@@ -53,7 +54,7 @@ align="right"
often includes new features). They offer *LiveCDs and QEMU images* to
test-drive the Hurd, and about 78% of the Debian software archive are
available. An Debian-unofficial but Debian GNU/Hurd -official release was made
-on 2013 May along the official Debian wheezy release.
+in May 2013 along the official Debian wheezy release.
[[hurd/running/Arch_Hurd]] offers *LiveCDs* for testing and installation.
@@ -73,6 +74,29 @@ possibility that they would want to try the Hurd again in the future.
## Usability Reports
+### Svante Signell, 2013-05-21
+I have been running GNU/Hurd for some years now, with VMs, mainly in the
+QEMU/KVM environment on host computers supporting hardware acceleration.
+On these boxes Hurd runs decently fast with the correct KVM settings.
+On my latest box, a 4-core, 8-thread, 3.4GHz CPU, 16GiB RAM, 128GiB SSD host it
+is very fast. One can not complain on execution speeds at least in a hosted
+environment. Additionally, the KVM images are very stable, you only get
+into problems if you push to the limits, like memory, swap space etc.
+In fact one build daemon for Debian GNU/Hurd is running under KVM and it is
+one of the fastest.
+I don't use GNU/Hurd for my day-to-day business (yet), that is mainly due to
+some of the above mentioned missing features. I do use it for porting packages,
+mainly for the Debian GNU/Hurd distribution, partly contributing to the kernel
+development (gnumach/Hurd/gcc/gdb/libc) and running package test suites for
+checks of performance and POSIX compatibility.
+When some of the missing features are implemented (and remaining bugs squeezed
+out) I will seriously consider using the Hurd on real hardware, as my primary
+system. For now it stays in the VM environment, mainly for porting and development
+purposes. Why don't you try it out too?
### Olaf Buddenhagen, 2009-06-09
> I have been using the Hurd for most of my everyday work for some two