There are GNU/Hurd boxes that we're offering shell accounts on. These are generally available for people interested in contributing, and who have already shown some level of involvement in the project. If you simply want to try the Hurd, the easiest way is running it in a virtual machine.

An alternative to online shell access may be using a QEMU image.

Hoster Name Distribution Machine Specs Comments
sceen darnassus Debian GNU/Hurd Xeon E5-1620 3.6 GHz, 1.8 GiB KVM guest on dalaran; public Hurd box; web server
sceen ironforge Debian GNU/Hurd Xeon E5-1620 3.6 GHz, 1.8 GiB KVM guest on dalaran; Debian buildd only, no public access
sceen exodar Debian GNU/Hurd Xeon E5-1620 3.6 GHz, 1.8 GiB KVM guest on dalaran; Debian porterbox, all Debian Developers have access
sceen dalaran Debian GNU/Linux Xeon E5-1620 3.6 GHz, 64 GiB ECC KVM host
libav x86_32-hurd-gcc-4.7 Debian GNU/Hurd libav instance of the FATE Automated Test Environment

If you are a Debian Developer, you can log into the exodar machines with your DD account, your public ssh keys are already there. To request a non-DD account on them, please contact admin@exodar.debian.net, with your Alioth account name and a public ssh key.

To request an account on the bddebian or sceen machines, please contact hurd-shell-account@gnu.org (don't forget to include your desired user name and public SSH key). Also use that contact address for requesting support, such as get additional packages installed.

For easy access, you should append your public SSH key(s) to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the remote machine.

Also, add the following stanza to the ~/.ssh/config file of the machine you're connecting from.

# Stanza from <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/public_hurd_boxen.html>,
# 2016-06-13.

Host darnassus.sceen.net darnassus
  HostName darnassus.sceen.net

Host *.sceen.net darnassus
  User [user name]