Debian GNU/Hurd "Wheezy" release
The Debian development team has anounced their plans for a Debian GNU/Hurd release in conjunction with other Debian "Wheezy" releases when it's out in late 2012 or early 2013. The Hurd is a kernel that consists of a set of protocols and servers that run on the Match microkernel, to complete the GNU operating system.
The Hurd is a free software Unix-like kernel that has been in development since 1987 by the GNU Project. It was intended to be the kernel of the GNU operating system, but in 1991 the Linux kernel was released. The GNU project decided to use the Linux kernel for the GNU operating system for a short period of time till the Hurd was ready, this generated the controversial use of "Linux distribution" instead of the term GNU/Linux.
It uses a server-client architecture, built on top of the GNU Mach microkernel that is responsible for providing the most basic kernel services. The drivers and services are implemented as servers (daemons in Unix terminology) working in user space area, each of them being a different process. The Hurd aims to surpass Unix operating systems in functionality, security, and stability, while remaining largely compatible with them.