Fri, 15 Jul 2011

About Debian, The Hurd and Linux or in short: Yes, we will still have a Linux kernel

A lot of online magazines are currently reporting about Debian, its port to the Hurd kernel and plans for the next release. However, there seem to be quite some misunderstandings. One online magazine took the cake by titling Debian 7.0 Wheezy: Erste Pläne für Hurd statt Linux-Kernel (rough translation: Debian 7.0 Wheezy: First plans for Hurd instead of Linux kernel), and a colleague already asked me, if we are really going to drop the Linux kernel.

So let's clarify one thing: The Debian Project does not plan to drop its port to the Linux kernel (nor its two ports to the FreeBSD kernel for what it's worth).

Apparently it all started with a short status report and if you read it, you'll just read that some people are trying and planing to get Debian 7 (aka wheezy) to be released with an additional port to the Hurd. It is not yet clear if they will achieve their goal, nor did anyone ever mention anything about replacing the Linux or the FreeBSD kernel.

So, calm down, nothing changed, just someone talking about the possibility of adding yet another port to the next release. Please note the adding.

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.