(formerly Minix1.hampshire.edu and Minix1.bio.umass.edu)
Latest News and History
modified: 7 Sept 2006
For MINIX 3 go to
(Minix 3 released Oct 2005)
Read first! This page has evolved into something of a historical
document, as I rarely remove anything from it. As changes have
been made to servers and directories I have not tried to update older
items. So, be aware that older items here may have been moved. Also,
any references to the servers thompson.oit.umass.edu or
turing.oit.umass.edu are out-of-date. Any URL that previously pointed
to one of these machines may now be found on minix1.hampshire.edu or
For news about Minix 3:
Please check the
Minix 3 Website News page.
It is maintained by the folks at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where
Minix 3 development is going on and coordinated.
ASW's Minix1 site will post occasional items related to Minix 3, but the VU
is where the action is these days.
News about Minix and ASW's Minix website!
7 Sept 2006: Andrew Swartzbaugh's useful Minix Boot Code Documentation page
has moved. It is now at
18 June 2006: A Minix 2.0.4
Virtual Machine for the free VMWare Player
is available now.
18 June 2006: Ftp 1.01 and httpd 0.995 are now available in the downloads
17 June 2006: New and revised man pages have been posted to the
Minix 2.0.4 fixes directory. See the
file for a summary of all fixes available.
1 May 2006: A new section on Academic Projects using Minix 3 has been
added to the
Teaching with Minix
12 April 2006: a problem with the ftp daemon was discovered and fixed
more than a year ago. However, it was realized recently that the old
in.ftpd was still installed by default in Minix 3.1.2-B3, a beta
release, and source for the old version may be mistakenly compiled on
previous Minix 3 releases, replacing the current binary, if care is not
Minix FTP Daemon Security Advisory
has been updated with a warning for Minix 3 users.
6 April 2006: Minix 2.1.2 Beta 3 is available at
the Minix 3 site.
28 March 2006: The first public beta of Minix 3.1.2 is available at the
Minix 3 site. This includes the X-Window system, but to use X you need
much more memory than you ever thought you would need for Minix.
24 October 2005:
19 May 2005: Unix historian Peter Salus is publishing his new book,
The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, a chapter at a time on
Chapter 9, MINIX
19 April 2005: With support for networking for Minix on VMWare and
the VMWare Command Line Tools for Minix it is much more usable. I've
posted more information about using Minix on VMWare in the
emulated and virtual platforms section
of the Minix Hints/FAQ page. I've also posted there a copy of a review of
Virtual PC I posted on Amazon.com.
29 March 2005: Michael Temari's httpd (web server) version 0.994 has
been posted as
As usual, a description is also available as
29 March 2005: Kenichi Takahagi has provided
drivers for AMD Lance and Intel EEPRO ethernet cards.
is also available.
The Lance driver should be useful for users of Minix on VMWare.
27 March 2005: In the past year Claudio Tantignone has uploaded a number of
contributions which were in the
directory, but which did not appear in the main
contributed software directory.
I have linked most of these to the main directory for increased visibility.
Included are ports of
BSD socket emulation library,
Zlib compression library .
(This is not a complete list).
20 March 2005: Michael Temari's FTP daemon version 2.00 has been posted. I
have linked the copy of
in the contributed software
public download directory
to the Minix fixes directories for
and have put an
file in these directories because the version distributed originally
with all releases of Minix to date is insecure. See the
17 March 2005: Kenichi Takahagi has provided new
support for users of Minix on VMWare:
a patch to copy the Minix console to the host clipboard and a port of
VMware Command Line Tools.
17 March 2005: Claudio Tantignone has announced availability now of
secure FTP (FTPS) support for Minix at his site
and soon to be posted here.
14 Feb 2005: Anonymous ftp access has been discontinued because of
All ftp:// URLs here should be accessible by editing the URL to http://.
8 Feb 2005: There is a serious
security vulnerability in the Minix FTP daemon.
A new version of the program is available.
2 Feb 2005: I've added some info about
using Minix on Microsoft's Virtual PC.
virtual disk image for VPC
for running DOSMinix on FreeDOS on a virtual machine is available for download.
16 Jan 2005: New versions of a number of Minix 2.0.4 man pages have been posted
Some of these are minor corrections of typographical errors, some are small
but important corrections. Two pages, ps(1) and touch(1), contain major
13 Jan 2005: The contents of Paul Ashton's original Sun Minix (SMX) web
page, no longer available at the original site, are now available on this
21 Nov 2004: The man2html package contains scripts to convert man pages
written for nroff into web pages. See
25 Oct 2004: Giovanni Falzoni has contributed a new ethernet support package
for Minix. See
9 Oct 2004: Release 0.2 of the Minix 3c589d ethernet card support is now
for info or download
2 Oct 2004: The
Programming in the Minix Environment
page has been updated.
22 Sept 2004: A Minix driver for 3c589 ethernet cards has been posted: see
for info or download
5 July 2004: I have begun to compile a
Teaching with Minix Howto
page with links and information that may be helpful to those planning CS
laboratory courses using Minix.
5 July 2004: I have posted additional notes from Javen Thyme as the
Minix on Qemu Step-by-step
19 June 2004:
Preliminary Notes: Minix on Qemu
have been posted.
8 June 2004: Will Senn has posted
Virtually Minix: A Tutorial & Intro to Minix on XP via Bochs
23 May 2004: A port of the Brandy BASIC language interpreter, version 1.0.16,
ported to Minix by Harald Arnesen is now available in the
contributed software directory.
22 May 2004: Andy Tanenbaum's
Notes on "Who wrote Linux"
are mirrored here.
22 May 2004: Version 1.2.2 of Stian Sletner's of Minirc IRC client is now
available in the
contributed software directory.
24 March 2004: the Minix 2.0.4 Bochs image (next item) is now available from
the SourceForge site. The URL to download it is:
10 March 2004: a ready-to-run
Minix on Bochs package for Windows
is now available online.
6 March 2004: I have released a draft of the
Minix on Bochs on Windows How-to
document I have been working on. Minix on Bochs really works! Even networking!
6 Feb 2004: Bochs 2.1 has been released and several new articles about running
Minix on Bochs on various platforms have been added. Links can found in the
Minix on non-Intel platforms
section of the
6 Feb 2004:
Minix 2.0.4 is now available from this site
(minix1.hampshire.edu or minix1.bio.umass.edu). Minix 2.0.4 is an
interim release and as of this date documentation is not up-to-date and
many changes are incompletely tested. This is for experts only.
4 Feb 2004: Claudio Tantignone ported lynx 2.8.5 to Minix. Lynx is a text mode
web browser. Both a binary package and a source package can be found in the
Read the associated text files
and be warned that compilation and use of lynx require lots of memory.
23 Nov 2003:
Minix 2.0.4 released, available from the
main Minix site
at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
23 Nov 2003: A
CD-based Minix distribution
has been developed by Aleksander Korzynski and colleagues. This
approach boots a complete Minix 2.0.3 installation into a 32 MByte RAM
disk from a CD-ROM or a floppy disk. This was developed for use in a
teaching environment but there are numerous other uses.
12 Aug 2003: Expanded web pages on
Programming in the Minix Environment
Minix-vmd. New contributed software:
new httpd web server,
patches and new man page for mail,
27 May 2003: Two important additions to Minix documentation have been released,
covering important subjects outside the scope of the OSDI text:
C. T. Wong's
Minix Networking Documentation
Minix Boot Code Documentation.
1 Jan 2003: Site design changes and technical upgrades to the minix1.*
sites will be effective today.
1 Jan 2003: Michael Temari has released Minix httpd version 0.99. It is now
29 Dec 2002: Upgraded httpd on minix1.bio to version 0.98. Seems to fix
incomplete directory listing problems when looking at large directories.
14 Dec 2002: Stian Sletner has contributed
an IRC client, and NTP client, and patches for the ps command.
27 Oct 2002: Info on Michael Temari's progress in porting the
graphic windowing system to Minix is available
13 Oct 2002: Due to a policy change, the
University of Massachusetts Free Software Mirror is no
longer available to the general public. See the
Minix 1 mirrors
page for more information.
09 June 2002: The central Minix distribution site in Amsterdam,
is now mirrored in Australia at
http://planetmirror.com/pub/minix/. I don't know how long this
mirror has been active. The
Planet Mirror home page
claims, " Planet Mirror is the Asia Pacific's largest and busiest online
software repository. With high speed servers and massive bandwidth, we aim
to provide the fastest downloads to our users."
15 April 2002: Problems with synchronization of minix1.hampshire.edu and
minix1.bio.umass.edu have been solved, and the two sites will normally
be in synch soon after any change.
16 March 2002: Access to minix1.hampshire.edu from the Internet has
been non-existent since about March 8, and it was limited to web access
only for a few weeks previous to that. This was not a fault of the
system itself, but was a side effect of firewall installation on the
Hampshire College network. It is hoped this will be remedied soon.
Access to minix1.bio.umass.edu was not affected, but
synchronization of the two sites has been difficult.
10 Feb 2002: Bob Zulawnik's remgdb for debugging of MINIX user-level
processes with gdb running in remote configuration is now available
in the pub/contrib area. See
for information and go to
11 Oct 2001: Minix 2.0.3 is now available here at
minix1.hampshire.edu and minix1.bio.umass.edu.
document there for information about what's new.
02 Sept 2001: Minix 2.0.3 is available now from Kees Bot's site. See the
Minix 2.0.3 index page at ftp://ftp.cs.vu.nl/pub/.
document there for more information about what's new. The big changes appear to
be improved networking and swapping.
22 Aug 2001: Claudio has a new e-mail address: C_Tantignone@sondaarg.com.ar
28 Oct 2000: Claudio Tantignone (email@example.com) wrote me
I am sending you some new files and versions. I added them to my page,
but it has some intermittent problems and sometimes may be down (sorry, it's
In another message Claudio mentioned doing some more work
with the Lynx text-based web browser:
new version with some bugs corrected
[ASW note: see
for more info. Also, earlier versions plip-0.2 and plip-0.3 are available].
this file has a bug fix for 16 bits while downloading in binary
mode from a Linux server, it hangs at 8400 bytes downloaded.
[see also ftp-0.2.txt]
this has a fix for urgent data not managed by the original
code under standard Minix (both 16 and 32 bits).
[see also rlogin-fix.txt]
NAT (Network Address Translation) code for Minix 386
[see also nat01.txt]
the latest ppp version for 16 and 32 bits. Now has a server
version so anyone can use it to make remote connections using Minix as
server, authentication is by using a standard Minix account.
[see also ppp-1.43.txt]
... yesterday I modified some bits so it can compile under 2.0.2, because
some changes in the compiler passes makes some noise. It is big
This new version of lynx is available at Claudio's site,
He further mentions:
Also, you may update DOSPPP32.ZIP (1.8MB) from my page, now I added to it
the NAT code.
I have not been able to access Claudio's site yet. When I have a chance I
will copy both packages here (to Minix1 and Turing).
28 Oct 2000: Matthew Zhou (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote to the Minix-L mailing
list on 6 Oct 2000:
I've ported perl5.005_03 to minix 2.0.2 -i386 during the one-week
Oct. holidays. It works fine on my Cyrix MII PC, though some of the
tests are not passed, and perl manual don't work well.
Very much thanks to Steven Young, who helped me on the porting.
11 June 2000: With more disk space available I have done some reorganizing
of the http directories. The Minix 2.0.0 directory is now a more complete
subset of the master directory at ftp.cs.vu.nl. The complete manual pages
are available in all formats. I made a
modified version of the README
from Kees and Andy's site to explain the differences beween my site and theirs.
7 May 2000: The old 486 that hosted Minix1.hampshire.edu since February 1997
was retired on May 5. It has been replaced with a Pentium and the OS has been
upgraded to Minix 2.0.2.
It is faster and should be more reliable.
There is more disk space and the complete Minix 2.0.2 distribution is now
Click here for technical info
about the system.
25 April 2000: Michael Temari has provided
web camera support. Interface a webcam to your
Minix system and make the output available on your Minix web server.
7 April 2000: MINIX is now available under
the BSD license.
4 April 2000:
Version 1.4 of PPP/SLIP for Minix 2.0.2
is now available from minix1.hampshire.edu and turing.oit.umass.edu.
for more information. It is also available from
Claudio Tantignone's new web site in Argentina.
27 March 2000: A port of Minix to HP Jornada 680/690 machines
has been announced. See
for more info.
19 March 2000: Claudio Tantignone has made more
improvements to smr, the SMTP mail utility.
14 March 2000: I have posted as a work-in-progress a modified version of
smr, an SMTP rmail utility.
12 March 2000: Alexis LeDoux's
ATAPI CD-ROM driver and utilities
are now here in the ftp section.
11 March 2000:
an implementation of pthreads for Minix, is here.
6 February 2000: Tom Butz has provided a description of how he accesses
Internet with PPP on a 640K XT with DOSMinix.
10 Jan 2000: Looking for people to
port Kermit 7.0 and gkermit to Minix.
28 Dec 1999: release 0.1b of fkey, for remote access to kernel diagnostics. See
21 Nov 1999: Floppy 1.1, patches to increase floppy disk capacity from Claudio
Tantignone, is now available at
http://minix1.hampshire.edu/pub/contrib/flp-1.1.tar.Z, replaces earlier
13 Nov 1999: Michael Temari has announced he is developing a
DHCP client for Minix.
27 July 1999: Claudio Tantignone has supplied an easy-to-install
demo of 16-bit DOS-Minix with PPP.
8 June 1999: Patches for Minix sh and grep
from Michael Haardt are now available.
21 April 1999: Claudio Tantignone has supplied a zip file providing quick
installation of DOSMinix 2.0.2 preconfigured for connection to an ISP with
PPP or SLIP. It is available in
ftp://thompson.oit.umass.edu/pub/minix.2.0/2.0.2ppp/. There is a small
text file and a large zip file.
13 March 1999: FIPS 2.0 (works with Windows FAT32 file systems) is available
in /pub/minix.2.0/dosutil on both minix1.hampshire.edu and
13 March 1999: Minix 2.0.2 is available at
minix1.hampshire.edu and minix1.bio.umass.edu in /pub/minix.2.0/.
(It has actually been here
for some time, but I have been keeping it quiet while testing the site).
14 Feb 1999: An experimental patch to add the select() system call is
available in the
7 Feb 1999: There is an error in Minix 2.0.2's readclock command that affects
its ability to set the CMOS clock.
A fix is available here.
21 Jan 1999: PPP 1.2 for Minix 2.0.2 is now available. Now you can connect
to an ethernet and an ISP simultaneously. The Readme is
/pub/contrib/ppp1.2.txt and the complete
3 Jan 1999: Will Rose has released an improved version of mined, Andy's
small easy-to-use editor for Minix. Find more info in
the mined2.txt file
or just download
1 Jan 1999: Minix 2.0.2 has been released. Its major features are the
Minix under DOS option, allowing one to start Minix from MS-DOS, and
improved networking support, including support for multiple network
interfaces. For more info see Kees Bot's document,
How to Get and Install Minix 2.0.2.
Currently Minix 2.0.2 is available only at
I will post it here on minix1.hampshire.edu soon, but it is not here yet.
26 Aug 1998: Claudio Tantignone has released PPP version 1.1 for Minix.
It may be found at
Click here to see the README file.
1 July 98: An experiment in booting Minix on the HP200LX palmtop
computer has been successful, although more work is needed
for to make it useful. See
Richard L. Dubs's http://www.erols.com/rld website
for much more info.
1 July 98: PPP available for Minix 2.0.1.
5 June 98: How to modify Minix to
access memory above 16M.
21 May 98: How to make DOS-Minix "disks" of
any desired size.
8 May 98: Start Minix 2.0.1 from MS-DOS! Run Minix using MS-DOS file system:
30 April 98: Perl 5 for 32-bit Minix (work in progress) available in the
Contributed software is in the
directory. (I have removed the list from this page, it was out of date).
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