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Europe Funds Secure Operating System Research

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| A Dutch university has landed a European Research Council grant to continue 
| work on a Unix-type operating system that aims to be more reliable and secure 
| than Linux or Microsoft Windows.  
| The €2.5 million (US$3.3 million) grant will fund three researchers and two 
| programmers, said Andrew S. Tanenbaum, a computer science professor at Vrije 
| Universiteit in the Netherlands.  



Andrew Tanenbaum presents Minix 3 at FrOSCon

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| Tanenbaum became known in the 1980s with Minix, an operating system he
| designed for educational purposes. Unlike the original Minix, which was
| intended only to demonstrate the principles behind operating systems, Minix 3
| has been designed to be a productive and useful system.


[1992:] LINUX is obsolete

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| Don`t get me wrong, I am not unhappy with LINUX.  It will get all the people
| who want to turn MINIX in BSD UNIX off my back.  But in all honesty, I would
| suggest that people who want a **MODERN** "free" OS look around for a
| microkernel-based, portable OS, like maybe GNU or something like that.


MINIX 3 and Sound Card Buzz!

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| MINIX has been around for a while now, and to all of those who think that
| Linux is better, just remember this: MINIX is older than Linux! In fact,
| Linus Torvalds (creator of Linux) used MINIX as inspiration and a guide
| when writing Linux.
| If you are interested in MINIX, and don't feel like dual-booting or
| getting rid of your current operating system, MINIX can be run on a
| virtual machine. See http://www.minix3.org/doc/faq.html#simulators for
| more details!



DIY CPU demo'd running Minix

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| Bill Buzbee offered the first public demonstration of the Minix OS -- a
| cousin of Linux -- running on his homebrew minicomputer, today at the Vintage
| Computer Festival in Mountain View, Calif. Magic-1, built with 74-series TTL
| ICs using wire-wrap construction, implements a homebrew, 8086-like ISA.    


Interview with Dr Andrew S Tanenbaum

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| Andrew S Tanenbaum: A couple of years ago this guy called Ken Brown
| wrote a book saying that Linus stole Linux from me, from Minix,
| and therefore the intellectual property rights are unclear and
| therefore companies shouldn't use Linux because I might sue them.
| It later came out that Microsoft had paid him to do this --
| and I defended Linus. I wrote on my Web site saying that this
| guy Brown came through, visited me and I gave him the
| [correct] story.


Debian GNU/Minix

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| Finally someone has seen the light and started a project that I called for in
| a previous article. This melding of the Minix kernel with the GNU userland is
| called Preventa, and seems to poke fun at the name Nexenta, a similar project
| using the Solaris kernel, all in good fun I’m sure, considering that the
| project leader’s blog is called “La Salle Debain” (a play on “Debian” and the
| French for “bathroom”).    


Minix 3.1.3

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| This isn't Ubuntu Linux, or even Linux at all, and it shows. That's
| not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to know what you're
| getting into.


Release Notes of MINIX 3.1.3 - Developer's Interim Release

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| MINIX 3.1.3 was released friday, april 13th 2007. It is not a full-quality,
| stable release but a work-in-progress interim release.


Review of Minix 3.1.2a IDE build2

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| There has been some controversy regarding the intertwined histories
| of Linux and Minix. It's true that Linus Torvalds used Minix and the
| first versions of Linux required a Minix system to boot from.
| [...]
| The overall feel of Minix is super lightweight and fast. It reminds
| me of older Unix systems with the behaviour of some of the
| system tools.


MINIX: what is it, and why is it still relevant?

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| MINIX, as originated by Andy Tanenbaum, is an operating system that
| has its roots and heart in academia as a tool that teaches you how
| kernels really should work. Recently, however, with the advent of
| version three of this rock solid OS, the focus is on making a
| production ripe embedded distribution.


Comparing Linux and Minix

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| The UnixBench results (raw results: Minix, Linux) paint a rather
| different picture. These results are summarized in the plot to the
| left; the upper bar for each test represents Linux. The measured
| system call overhead for Minix is a full ten times higher than
| the value for Linux. The file copy tests ran between two and ten
| times faster on Linux. Pipe throughput differed by a factor of
| seven; Minix was 140 times slower at process creation. The
| difference in shell script execution performance, however, was
| 1.4 - in Minix's favor. One assumes that the rather simple shell
| provided by Minix is, at least, faster than bash.


Tanenbaum outlines his vision for a grandma-proof OS

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| Software today is blighted by being too bloated, says Andrew Tanenbaum
| [...]
| "Maybe the direction Linux could go would be [as] the system that is
| ultra reliable, that works all the time and has not got all the
| problems that you get in Windows," he suggested.


Andrew Tanenbaum: Operating systems' Mr Reliable

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| Almost 20 years on, what would you say has been MINIX's
| contribution to society?
| Well, it has educated hundreds of thousands of students worldwide
| in operating system design. It also led to Linux. I doubt that
| Linus would have written Linux if he hadn't had the MINIX source
| code to study carefully. I think that it will yet show that the
| only way to make a system truly reliable is to make it small
| and modular.

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