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MINIX is a family of Unix/POSIX compliant, small, microkernel operating systems (OSs). All versions include source code. MINIX has a strong presence in computer education. MINIX 1 originated to teach college level computer science. MINIX 1 and 2 were used only for education, and by hobbyists. MINIX 1 had a more restrictive license. MINIX 2 and 3 are free, open source, with a BSD-like license. MINIX 3 is the first version intended for more than education. It is optimized for reliability: it is flexible, secure, and self-healing, it keeps running even during software faults; almost everything, including drivers, runs in user space. Over 400 programs are ported to it.
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Andrew S. Tanenbaum - Professor, Free University, Amsterdam; author of MINIX Unix variant. Full source code. Free for all uses. Small size, microkernel, ample documentation. Users unfamiliar with OS internals can understand nearly the full system with a few months use and study. MINIX inspired Linus Torvalds to do Linux. Minix-vmd - Overdressed version of Minix; source, binaries, man pages. MINIX.ORG - Repository for OS related: documentation, help, information, news, links, books, source code, downloads. Not the official MINIX website. Bibliography on Minix, a UNIX-like OS - Part of the Computer Science Bibliography Collection of Alf-Christian Achilles. Brad's MacMinix Page - MINIX that runs atop Mac OS. Benefits: while learning about operating systems, its easy to recompile and relaunch, with no rebooting; and to keep OS backups in separate files. Minix Network Service Documentation - Line-by-line comments of source code for TCP/IP networking protocols, network service, for Minix version 2.0.4. By Christos Karayiannis, Andrew Swartzbaugh. MINIX - This directory and subdirectories contain MINIX, a small Unix-like system for IBM PCs and compatibles. Minix on the Net - Documents, help files, hints, links. The Minix Operating System - Major resource of information on, downloads of, and software for, Minix. MINIX - Wikipedia - Overview article on the system and its history. Operating Systems Design and Implementation, 3/E - By Andrew S Tanenbaum, Albert S Woodhull; Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0131429388. Revised simplified edition, for latest MINIX version. An OS text which first explains relevant principles, then demonstrate their use via Unix-like OS as a detailed example.
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