A VERY Brief History:
Since 1984 it has been the intention of the GNU Project to develop an entire GNU system based exclusively on Free Software. Up to around 1990 an entire series of GNU software came to existence, including the GNU Compiler Collection (gcc), Emacs, the GNU Debugger (gdb), and much more.
The following quote taken from http://www.gnu.org/gnu/thegnuproject.html:
For more information on GNU and the GNU Project, please visit: http://www.gnu.org
So where are we now?
While continuing to be virtual unknown outside of the Free Software world, work has continued on the GNU System. A small team of both skilled and dedicated developers have continued to prove the viability of a micro-kernel based system. Although we do not have the plethora of packages enjoyed by GNU/Linux or BSD systems we have overcome many important obstacles. Hence we have started this new project to begin the push for a releasable GNU System encompassing the GNU Mach microkernel, the Hurd servers, GNU C Library (glibc), GNU userland applications, and other Free Software packages.
What is currently being focused on?
A GNU system creator is being developed alongside a filesystem which transparently manages these native packages. Such a filesystem is possible courtesy of the flexible design of the Hurd itself, and will ease the use of a truly advanced package system greatly. Furthermore a number of people are working on updating programs to work with all the features that the GNU system provides.
Though still in the planning phase, an installer is also being developed. The installer will run from a LiveCD, which itself will be running GNU, and will feature an easy to use GUI interface.
Taking GNU for a spin!
Would you like to test the GNU system? What follows is a list of sites that provide shell accounts on machines running the GNU system snapshots.
Getting more information:
IRC: ##hurd on irc.gnu.org
Mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Savannah Project: http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/packaging/
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Updated: $Date: 2006/10/04 21:44:17 $ $Author: ams $