It is with huge pleasure that the Debian GNU/Hurd team announces the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2017. This is a snapshot of Debian "sid" at the time of the stable Debian "stretch" release (May 2017), so it is mostly based on the same sources. It is not an official Debian release, but it is an official Debian GNU/Hurd port release.
The installation ISO images can be downloaded from Debian Ports (http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports-cd/hurd-i386/debian-hurd-2017/) in the usual three Debian flavors: NETINST, CD, or DVD. Besides the friendly Debian installer, a pre-installed disk image is also available, making it even easier to try Debian GNU/Hurd. The easiest way to run it is inside a VM such as qemu (https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install) Debian GNU/Hurd is currently available for the i386 architecture with about 80% of the Debian archive, and more to come! * The core GNU Hurd and GNU Mach packages were updated to versions 0.9 and 1.8, respectively. Besides numerous other improvements, they bring vastly improved stability under memory load and prolonged uptime. * The native fakeroot tool has been greatly improved, allowing to be used for building packages, making that quite faster and safer. * It is now possible to run subhurds as unprivileged user, thus providing easy lightweight virtualization. * The supported memory size was extended beyond 3GiB. Please make sure to read the configuration information (https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install), the FAQ (http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/faq.html) (or its latest version ()http://darnassus.sceen.net/~hurd-web/faq/), and the translator primer (http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd/documentation/translator_primer.html) to get a grasp of the great features of GNU/Hurd. We would like to thank all the people who have worked on GNU/Hurd (http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/history.html) in the past. There were not many people at any given time (and still not many people today, please join (http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/contributing.html)!), but in the end a lot of people have contributed one way or the other. Thanks everybody!