Note: I am no longer working on this project, since I don't have much time and my current computer doesn't run OSF Mach. I remain interested in the Hurd, both the version that runs on Mach the upcoming port to the L4 microkernel. In case you have any questions about this port or if you would like to contribute to the Hurd on PowerPC in any way, please e-mail me (email@example.com).
This page contains some information on running the GNU Hurd on PowerPC computers.
Everything here is experimental, so don't expect it to work right away. I didn't put in some of the hacks I had to make to even get everything to compile. E-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions, find bugs (which shouldn't be hard ;-) ), have any suggestions, etc.
Please see http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/ for more information about the Hurd, and for related information and projects.
Most of the Hurd libraries and programs compile and run, but not much testing has taken place. In particular, none of the filesystems except ext2fs have been tested. I also haven't tested pfinet, since I need a driver for my network card first. The least stable part is the exec server; it tends to crash when starting two or more commands at nearly the same time (such as with pipes).
So far, I've compiled a couple of packages (bash, coreutils, gcc, binutils, sed, grep, awk, make, diffutils, findutils, emacs, ncurses, gzip, tar). Most of it works, although there are quite frequent crashes. Emacs is usable, but only if you use the vt100 termcap entry and edit the termcap file to use the right number of rows and columns, and if you don't try to use the Meta key.
At the moment, the Hurd can only be expected to work on older PowerMacs (the ones on which MkLinux runs). A project is underway to port the OSF Mach microkernel to newer PowerPC machines using the OSKit from the University of Utah (see http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/hurdppc/).
The following patches add support for OSF Mach to the Hurd.
libdiskfs.diff, (no changelog yet)
libpager.diff, (no changelog yet)
misc.diff (rest of patches for the Hurd)
boot.diff, serverboot.diff (be careful, might ruin i386 support)
Last changed: September 11, 2005