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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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[20050513] Mention of NetBSD's UVM system in Tanenbaum's "Modern Operating Systems"
Rui Paulo has dropped me a note that NetBSD's new virtual memory handling is mentioned in chapter 4, "Memory Management" the 2nd international edition of Andrew S. Tanenbaum's "Modern Operating Systems":
    "... One recent exception [the author was stating in the previous sentence that research on VM systems "have largely died off"], however, is a redesign of the 4.4 BSD virtual memory system (Cranor and Parulkar, 1999)" (p. 262)
For those that don't know the book, it's THE book to look at for Operating System principles. Definitely very good for beginners on the topics, I'd recommend it even before specific books like the 4.4BSD book.

The paper found by Tanenbaum can be found here, Charles D. Cranor's dissertation on Design and Implementation of UVM is also available.

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