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[20120229] Minix 3.2.0 released... with lots of NetBSD code added
Version 3.2.0 of Minix, the operating system started by Andrew Tanenbaum, has been released. Started quite some time after BSD and before Linux, its userland grew somewhat outdated. To remedy this, Minix' userland was now updated to large extents with components from NetBSD as result of Minix' 2011 Google Summer of Code project, which was done by student Vivek Prakash and mentored by Gianluca Guida.

Components merged from NetBSD include:

  • NetBSD C library
  • NetBSD password file format
  • NetBSD bootloader
  • New NetBSD userland utilities: ext2 fsck&mkfs, gzip, m4, man&tools, mkdep, mkdir, mkfifo, mktemp, rm, rmdir, tic, uniq, libcurses, libcrypt, libprop, libterminfo, libutil, bzip2, date, indent, mdocml (mandoc), sed, zoneinfo ports
See the Minix release notes for more details,

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[20111118] Tanenbaum: Minix to become NetBSD-compatible
I've found this one via (german language) heise online: Andrew Tanenbaum, operating system researcher and father of the Minix operating system gave an interview to the french LinuxFr.org site. Topics include where Minix is today, and where it will move to in the future.

The latter one is worth quoting in this blog's NetBSD context: ``We are now focused on three things: NetBSD compatibility, embedded systems, and reliability. 3.2.0 will have a lot of headers, libraries, and userland programs take from NetBSD, which is a very stable, mature system. The BSDs are quite popular as you may know. One of them is sold under the brand name "Macintosh" by Apple. [...]

We think NetBSD is a mature stable system. Linux is not nearly as well written and is changing all the time. NetBSD has something like 8000 packages. That is enough for us.''

Further topics include multicore and microkernel architectures, grants from Google and the European Research Council, software licensing, the GPL and Linux. Have a look!

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