Minix 3 released

Monday, October 24, 2005

MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable and secure. It is based somewhat on previous versions of MINIX, but is fundamentally different in many key ways. MINIX 1 and 2 were intended as teaching tools; MINIX 3 adds the new goal of being usable as a serious system on resource-limited and embedded computers and for applications requiring high reliability.

MINIX 3 is initially targeted at the following areas:
  • Applications where very high reliability is required

  • Single-chip, small-RAM, low-power, $100 laptop for Third-World children

  • Embedded systems (e.g., cameras, DVD recorders, cell phones)

  • Applications where the GPL is too restrictive (MINIX 3 uses a BSD-type license)

  • Education (e.g., operating systems courses at universities)


MINIX 3 Features
  • POSIX compliant

  • Networking with TCP/IP

  • Two ANSI C compilers (ACK and gcc)

  • Over 300 UNIX programs

  • Many improvements since V2

  • Full multiuser and multiprogramming

  • Support for memory up to 4 GB

  • Device drivers run as user processes

  • Full C source code supplied

  • Runs on 386, 486, Pentium, etc.


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