Why GNU Hurd Never Got off the Ground

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  • Idealistic. Did not join the worse is better philosophy, ie, it's not the best but works great approach of Linux. [1]
  • There are many open source projects like this - some neat features, somewhat incomplete, worked on by a small but devoted team. HURD is just a very high-profile example. This is a relevant point for OSE. A point of traction must be reached at one point in order to become immortal.