UK-based computer manufacturer Space-Time Sytems has unveiled a range of pre-configured Debian GNU/Hurd PC systems.
GNU Hurd is the GNU foundations replacement for the Unix Kernel. This makes it a potential replacement for other popular Unix or Unix-based operating systems, including Linux.
Space-Time Systems based in Malvern, England, also offers GNU/Linux configured systems and adheres strongly to the principles of open-source software.
The Hurd operating system itself is not at a particularly advanced stage of development, offering just basic operating and programming environments. Hurd does, however, offer a high level of scalability and compatibility due to its object-orientated architecture.
Bizarrely enough, the official GNU Hurd Web site says that Hurd stands for "Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons", when "Hird" stands for "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth". This makes Hurd, by the project's own admission, "the first software to be named by a pair of mutually recursive acronyms".
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