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|Initial release||May 21, 2013|
|Latest release||2019 / July 7, 2019|
|Update method||APT (several front-ends available)|
|Default user interface||IceWM|
|License||Free software (mainly GPL).Proprietary software in a separate (non-default) repository.|
Debian GNU/Hurd has been in development since 1998, and made a formal release in May 2013, with 78% of the software packaged for Debian GNU/Linux ported to the GNU Hurd. The Debian GNU/Hurd developers were hoping to be able to release it with Debian "Wheezy" in 2013. However, Hurd is not yet an official Debian release, and is maintained and developed as an unofficial port.
As of 2019 Debian GNU/Hurd has several shortcomings. Among them are it is only offered for i386, it uses the ext2 filesystem, and DHCP does not work. The roadmap includes plans to migrate to ext4 filesystem. If using DHCP then the machine will hang during boot.
Debian GNU/Hurd is distributed as an installer CD (running the official Debian installer) or ready-to-run virtual disk image (Live CD, Live USB). The CD uses the IA-32 architecture, making it compatible with IA-32 and x86-64 PCs.
The current version of Debian GNU/Hurd is 2019, published in July 2019.