1 aug News: The 3.3.0 development branch has been merged with mainline; a 3.3.0 beta iso is available. Announcement here.

10 jul News: New release, MINIX 3.3.0 will be out in the Fall.

What Is MINIX 3?

MINIX 3 is a free, open-source, operating system designed to be highly reliable, flexible, and secure. It is based on a tiny microkernel running in kernel mode with the rest of the operating system running as a collection of isolated, protected, processes in user mode.

MINIX 3 Features

  • POSIX compliant with a NetBSD userland
  • Open source, with a BSD license
  • Networking with TCP/IP
  • X Window System
  • Languages: C, Perl, Python, etc.
  • Over 650 UNIX programs

Research Projects

MINIX 3 won a grant from the European Research Council for € 2.5 million to further research in highly reliable operating systems. Due to its modular nature and fault tolerance, it is easy to use it as a basis for operating systems research or for a product.

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