Not really a good point...
Posted Jul 21, 2011 18:40 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Nice article... but light on technical details
Parent article: Signs of life from GNU Hurd
It can be noted that users can develop and run their own file system, networking stack, and whatnot without (1) requiring root privileges, and (2) compromising or otherwise interfering with the system.
Practically speaking this is true for Linux as well. Since HURD is pretty much useless as a desktop you need to run it in some kind of VM. If you run Linux in VM you can develop your own filesystem, networking stack or whateever without affecting host system.
Sure, this is huge theoretical advantage... and it remains theoretical for the last 20 years. Rule of thumb says it'll become practical advanatage in another 20 years... well, maybe. If anyone will still care by then.
Overall, I recommend looking at the rationale and examples available at http://hurd.gnu.org/ and in particular http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd/documentation/translator_primer.html and http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd-paper.html .
This talks mostly about state of your desktop in year 2030. This article about situation here and now...
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