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26 August 2008, 09:57

Andrew Tanenbaum presents Minix 3 at FrOSCon

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Andrew Tanenbaum has presented Minix 3, his operating system project, to an audience of more than 1200 at the third Free and Open Source Software Conference FrOSCon 2008, held at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg university in Sankt Augustin last weekend. In his keynote speech, he discussed the problems of modern operating systems and claimed that they will be solved by Minix 3, because of its modular microkernel architecture and self-healing abilities. The Minix 3 kernel consists of just 5000 lines of source code; drivers run in their own processes and can be automatically restarted in the event of a crash. More about Minix 3 can be found in heise online UK's article Andrew Tanenbaum's Minix 3.

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. Tanenbaum became famous with his posting in the Minix newsgroup, "Linux is obsolete", a reaction to growing interest in Linux. Interviewed by heise open , he renewed his criticism of Linux.


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