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MinixMinix was programmed by the computer scientist Andrew Tanenbaum as a teaching operating system for x86 computer. It is related to the AT&T UNIX, however it does not contain any licence requiring source code of UNIX so that it is free of charge to be used and sold. In January 1987 Minix was made public for the first time and the users discussed about it in newsgroups in the Usenet. Minix 3.1 was downloaded 75.000 times as an ISO image of interested users in the first 2 months after the release.
MINIX 3. x can be used for embedded devices also and for further applications where the GPL is too strict. The operating system offers very high reliability. The porting to the ARM7 and PPC architecture are in development. On the porting of the X Window Server is also worked.
- MINIX 2.0 for 16bit/32bit systems
- supports multi-threading
- about 200 console programs
- up to 3 simultaneous user
- can use 16 mbyte RAM on Intel 286 and up to 4 gbyte RAM with 386 CPUs or better
|Minix 1.5 - 5 1/4 floppies from 1991||Minix 3.1.1 - boot menu||Minix 3.1.1 - Shell login prompt|
Date - Version
1984 - Minix 0.?1987 - Minix 1.01992 Oct. - Minix 1.5 was installed from 12x 720 kbyte floppy disks for Intel, Macintosh, Amiga, Atari or SPARC computers1993 April - Minix 1.6.251995 June - Minix 1.7.0 with 32-bit ACK (Amsterdam Compiler Kit)1996 Feb. - Minix 1.7.21996 Oct. - Minix 2.0.0 for Intel CPUs from 8088 up to Pentium class1998 Dec. - Minix 2.0.22005 Oct. - Minix 3.1, about 300 programs available2006 April - MINIX 3.1.2