Other Minixes

modified: 29 Jun 2006

[Minix 3 logo]
For MINIX 3 go to http://www.minix3.org. (Minix 3 released Oct 2005)

The focus of the minix1.woodhull.com website is standard Minix 2, and especially the final release, Minix 2.0.4, and updates to that release. There are two other versions of Minix that are very much alive, Minix 3 and Minix-vmd.

Minix 3

If you have paid attention, you will have noticed that the heading of almost every recently updated page on this site displays a yellow box with a picture of Minix 3's raccoon mascot and a link to the http://www.minix3.org website.

From the Minix 3 home page:

MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable, flexible, and secure. It is loosely 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

If you are studying operating system principles using the Operating Systems Design and Implementation, 3rd edition, text you should be using Minix 3. Minix 3.1.0 can be installed from the CD-ROM that comes with the book. Newer releases can be obtained from the minix3.org downloads page.


Two people at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam who have been involved with development of standard Minix for many years, Kees Bot and Philip Homburg, developed their own variant of Minix, called Minix-vmd. Unlike standard Minix, Minix-vmd is not intended to be a teaching tool, it is intended only to be as useful as possible for the idiosyncratic puposes of its authors. However, its authors have also been major contributors to the development of standard Minix from version 1.6* through the 1.7* experimental releases and the official 2.0.* release, to Minix 3. Many drivers and innovative features of standard Minix were first tested in Minix-vmd.

Elsewhere on this site I have posted an article with answers to some questions about Minix-vmd. Or you can follow this link to the Minix-vmd home page, http://www.minix-vmd.org/.

Other "others"

Minix has a history. On the Minix versions and their use in teaching page is a list of Minix releases back to the original 1987 Minix 1.1 release, including a URL where each version can be obtained if it is curently available.

There have been a number of projects to port Minix to other platforms. On the Minix Hints page links to some of these can be found in the Minix 2.0. for non-Intel platforms, Older Minix versions, and Minix on Apple MacIntosh sections. There have also been a number of academic projects using Minix as a starting point, some of these are listed on the Teaching with Minix page.


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