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MINIX

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC


MINIX is a UNIX-like computer operating system based on a microkernel architecture. It is extremely small, with the part that runs in kernel mode in about 5,000 lines of source code, while the parts that run in user mode are divided into small, insulated modules which enhance system reliability. Originally designed as an educational tool, the latest versions of MINIX are also targetted at embedded systems and low-power laptops. By the project's own admission, MINIX is work in progress and is nowhere near as mature as BSD or Linux. It is released under a BSD-type licence.

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 1 review(s).


MINIX Summary
Distribution MINIX
Home Page http://www.minix3.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/minix3
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.minix3.org/documentation/
Screenshots http://wiki.minix3.org/doku.php?id=www:documentation:screenies
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.minix3.org/download/
DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://gforge.cs.vu.nl/gf/project/minix/tracker/
Related Websites WikipediaMINIX CourseMINIX Russia
Reviews 3.2: LWN
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2014-09-16: OS Release: MINIX 3.3.0
 • 2013-02-21: OS Release: MINIX 3.2.1
 • 2012-02-29: OS Release: MINIX 3.2.0
 • 2010-10-04: OS Release: MINIX 3.1.8
 • 2010-06-16: OS Release: MINIX 3.1.7
 • 2010-02-09: OS Release: MINIX 3.1.6
 • More MINIX releases...

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Feature 3.4.0-rc6 3.3.0 3.2.1 3.1.8
Release Date 2017-05-09 2014-09-16 2013-02-21 2010-10-04
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 288-288      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- -- --
Package Management pkgin pkgin pkgin pkgin
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture i386 arm, i386, i686 i386, i686 i386, i486, i586, i686
Init Software other other other other
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- --
Multilingual -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List   3.3.0 3.2.1 3.1.8
Package 3.4.0-rc6 3.3.0 3.2.1 3.1.8
abiword (3.0.4)   -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.4)   -- -- --
ati-driver (20.45)   -- -- --
bash (5.1)   4.3 4.2 3.0
bind (9.17.10)   -- -- --
chromium (88.0.4324.182)   -- -- --
cups (2.3.3)   -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.2)   -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.46.1)   -- -- 1.41.12
firefox (86.0)   -- -- --
freetype (2.10.4)   2.5.3 2.4.6 --
gcc (10.2.0)   -- 4.4.6 4.4.3
gimp (2.10.22)   -- -- --
glibc (2.33)   -- -- --
gnome-shell (3.38.3)   -- -- --
gnucash (4.4)   -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.48)   -- -- --
grub (2.04)   -- -- --
gtk (4.0.3)   -- -- --
httpd (2.4.46)   2.0.65 -- --
inkscape (1.0.2)   -- -- --
k3b (20.12.2)   -- -- --
kmod (28)   -- -- --
krita (4.4.2)        
libreoffice (7.1.0)   -- -- --
linux (5.11.2)   -- -- --
Package 3.4.0-rc6 3.3.0 3.2.1 3.1.8
lxpanel (0.10.1)   -- -- --
mariadb (10.5.9)   -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.24.1)   -- -- --
mesa (20.3.4)   -- 7.4.4 --
mysql (8.0.23)   -- -- 5.0.41
nautilus (3.38.2)   -- -- --
NVIDIA (460.56)   -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1)   -- -- --
openjdk (15.0.2)   -- -- --
openssh (8.4p1)   6.6p1 5.8p2 5.3p1
openssl (1.1.1j)   1.0.1g 0.9.8q 0.9.8a
perl (5.32.1)   5.18.2 5.14.2 5.8.7
php (8.0.2)   -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.21.1)   -- -- --
postfix (3.5.9)   -- -- --
postgresql (13.2)   8.4.21 -- 8.4.0
Python (3.9.2)   2.7.6 2.7.2 2.4.3
qt (6.0.1)   -- -- --
samba (4.13.4)   -- -- --
systemd (247.3)   -- -- --
thunderbird (78.8.0)   24.4.0 -- --
vim (8.2)   7.4 7.2 6.3
vlc (3.0.12.1)   -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.16.0)   -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.10)   -- (6.8.2) (6.8.2)

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Version: 3.3.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2020-06-13
Votes: 0


I actually PREFER the minimal install-- I can get everything I need or want through the package manager. I would like to see the Raspberry-Pi-4 (with 8G RAM) supported someday-- the O/S that is bundled with that is quite bloated.

Some packages I would like to see in the future: Enlightenment, Rust, VLC and LibreOffice. (Clang is already supported, so Rust can't be far behind).


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