Minix Information Sheet (Last Changed: 30 April 1994)

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Glen Overby

Jun 1, 1995, 3:00:00 AM6/1/95
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[From Andy Tanenbaum <> 28 August 1993]

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MINIX 1.5 is a new version of an operating system that is very similar to
UNIX. MINIX has been written from scratch, and therefore does not contain any
AT&T code--not in the kernel, the compiler, the utilities, or the libraries.
For this reason it can be made available with the complete source code
(on diskette). It runs on the IBM PC, XT, AT, PS/2, 386, and most clones.
Versions are also available for the Atari ST, Macintosh, Amiga and Sun

This version (1.5) is a major improvement over all previous releases, with
many new features, fewer bugs (hopefully), much better performance, and
proper documentation. The old versions have been in widespread use all over
the world for 3 years. There are probably tens of thousands of users.

2. MINIX 1.5 FEATURES (IBM, Macintosh, Atari, Amiga and SparcStation versions)
- System call compatible with V7 of the UNIX operating system
- Full multiprogramming (multiple programs can run at once)
- Kernighan and Ritchie compatible C compiler
- Shell that is functionally identical to the Bourne shell
- Five editors (emacs subset, vi clone, ex, ed, and simple screen editor)
- Over 175 utilities (cat, cp, ed, grep, kermit, ls, make, sort, etc.)
- Over 200 library procedures (atoi, fork, malloc, read, stdio, etc.)
- Spelling checker with 40,000 word English dictionary
- Full source code (in C) supplied on diskettes (OS, utilities, libraries)
- Easy-to-read manual telling all about MINIX and how to install and use it

In addition to the above features, there are other features present in
some (but not all) versions of MINIX 1.5. Some of these are listed below.

- Runs in protected mode on 286 and 386
- Support for extended memory up to 16M on 286 and 386
- Up to 3 simultaneous users on one machine
- RS-232 serial line support with terminal emulation, kermit, zmodem, etc.
- Distributed computing on Ethernet (remote login, etc.)

- Up to 3 simultaneous users on one machine
- RS-232 serial line support with terminal emulation, kermit, zmodem, etc.
- Runs under Multifinder
- Includes support for multiple user windows

- Up to 2 simultaneous users on one machine
- RS-232 serial line support with terminal emulation, kermit, zmodem, etc.
- Support for various real time clocks (Mega, BMS, ICD, Supra, Weide)

- Native operating system. Runs on bare SparcStation hardware.
- Up to 3 simultaneous users on one machine
- RS-232 serial line support with terminal emulation, kermit, zmodem, etc.
- Multi-windowed display driver
- ANSI compatible GNU C compiler

- IBM: PC, XT, AT, PS/2, or 386 that is 100% hardware compatible with
the IBM line. A hard disk not technically required, but is
strongly recommended to take full advantage of the system. At
least 512K of RAM is required, as well as a CGA, EGA,
monochrome, or Hercules video card, or another card that
emulates one of these. Both 5.25" and 3.5" diskettes are
supported, as are printers using the parallel port and modems
and terminals using the serial port.

- Macintosh: Apple Macintosh Plus, SE, SE/30, II, IIcx, or IIx with at
least 1M of RAM. An additional 1M of RAM and a hard disk
is strongly recommended. MINIX has been tested primarily
with version 6.0 and latter of the Apple system software.
Problems may conceivably arise with earlier versions. Any
hard disk or display that is supported by the normal Macintosh
OS is also supported by MINIX.

- Atari: Atari ST or Mega ST with at least 1M of RAM. Although the
system will boot with only 512K, you will be very restricted
in what you can do. A 720K diskette drive is required to
install the software. The older 360K diskette drives are
supported, but are not capable of reading the (720K)
distribution disks. A hard disk is supported, but is optional.
Some of the Supra hard disks are not Atari compatible, which
can cause problems. A fix is available from the MINIX Centre.

- Amiga: Commodore Amiga 500 or 2000 with at least 1M of RAM. One 720K
diskette drive is sufficient. A hard disk is not required
(or even supported). To use a hard disk with the Amiga,
someone familiar with how this disk works will have to write
a driver for it. If this driver is then posted to the net,
it will be possible to use a hard disk with MINIX on the Amiga.
Minix will NOT run on 68020 and larger Amiga systems.

- Sparc: Sun SparcStation 1, 1+ or IPC. Does NOT run on a SparcStation
2 and has not yet been tested on a SLC, IPX or ELC. A floppy
disk drive is required, a SCSI hard disk is not required but
strongly recommended to take full advantage of the system.
4MB RAM is sufficient to run Minix, up to 64MB is supported.
The monochrome framebuffer (bw2) as well as a color framebuffer
(cg3 or cg6) are supported. SCSI hard disks can be used and
even booted from. Ethernet, mouse and audio are not supported.
Printers can only be connected via a serial port.

animals ar ascii at atrun backup badblocks banner basename bawk btoa cal cat
cdiff cgrep chgrp chip chmem chmod chown clr cmp comm compress cp cpdir
crc cron ctags cut date dd de df dhrystone diff diskcheck dosdir dosread
doswrite du echo ed elle ex expand expr factor fgrep file find fold fortune
fsck gather getlf getty grep gres head ic id ifdef indent inodes kill last
leave ln login look lpr ls m4 machine mail make man mined mkdir mkfs mknod
modem more mount mref mv nm nroff od passwd paste patch pr prep pretty
printenv printroot ps pwd readall readfs recover ref rev rm rmdir roff rz
sed shar size sleep sort spell split strings strip stty su sum sync sz tail
tar tee term termcap test time touch tr traverse treecmp true tset tsort ttt
umount unexpand uniq unshar update users uud uue vi vol wc whatsnew whereis
which who whoami width write

abort abs access alarm atoi atol bcmp bcopy chmod chown chroot
ctermid ctime ctype curses cuserid doprintf dup dup2 fgetc fgets fopen
fork fpathconf fprintf fputc fputs fread freopen fseek fstat ftell
fwrite getcwd getdents getegid getenv geteuid getgid getutil gtty index
ioctl isatty kill link lock lrand lsearch lseek malloc memccpy
memchr memcmp memcpy memmove memset message mkdir mkfifo mknod mktemp
nlist open opendir pathconf pause peekpoke perror rand read readdir
regexp regsub rename setbuf setgid setjmp setuid signal sleep sprintf
stat strerror strlen strncat strncmp strncpy strpbrk strrchr strspn
system telldir termcap time times tmpnam ttyname umask umount


The author of MINIX, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, has written a book describing
how operating systems in general and MINIX in particular work internally.
The book describes an earlier version (and includes a source listing), but
it is still useful for understanding how MINIX works inside, even if some
details are now different. The bibliographic information is:

Title: Operating Systems: Design and Implementation
Author: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Publisher: Prentice-Hall
ISBN: 0-13-637406-9

Paperback versions are also available in English (outside North America
only), French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese. The books can be
ordered from any bookstore.

MINIX demonstration disks for the PC line, the Atari, the Macintosh and
the SparcStation (but for technical reasons, not the Amiga) are available.
The IBM, Atari and SparcStation versions can be obtained by anonymous FTP over
the internet. All three can be obtained from Prentice-Hall (see below). The
demo disks contained a very, very stripped down version of MINIX, just to give
an idea of what it can do. The demo disk is accompanied by a 30-page manual.

To get either free demo disk and its manual, use ftp to connect to ( and look in pub/minix. There is a file READ_ME
that is there and tells you what is in the directory and how to use it.

MINIX 1.5 is being sold by Prentice-Hall. The product numbers and prices
are as follows:

- MINIX 1.5 for the IBM: 5 1/4" (0-13-585076-2) $169
- MINIX 1.5 for the IBM: 3 1/2" (0-13-585068-1) $169
- MINIX 1.5 for the Amiga (0-13-585043-6) $169
- MINIX 1.5 for the Atari (0-13-585035-5) $169
- MINIX 1.5 for the Macintosh (0-13-585050-9) $169
- MINIX 1.5 for the Sun SparcStation (0-13-579632-6) $169

- MINIX 1.5 IBM demo disk (0-13-582768-x) $10
- MINIX 1.5 Macintosh demo disk (0-13-582784-1) $10
- MINIX 1.5 Atari demo disk (0-13-582792-2) $10
- MINIX 1.5 SparcStation demo disk (0-13-585232- ) $10

Sales tax and shipping are extra; Prices are slightly higher outside the U.S.

All versions include the executable binaries, a detailed manual, the complete
source code (on diskettes), and an attractively typeset, cross-referenced
listing of the operating system code.

P-H is making a big effort to get software stores to keep MINIX in stock.
The easiest way to order it is to go to a software store and ask them for
it. If they don't stock it, they can always order it. Alternatively, you
can order directly by email, FAX, phone, or mail from Prentice-Hall as follows.

In North America and the Far East
To order by email:
To order by FAX: (515) 284-2607
To order by phone: (800) 374-1200 FAX 515-284-2607
To order by mail: Prentice Hall/Paramount Publishing
Order Processing Center
P.O. Box 11071
Des Moines, IO 50336-1071

In UK/Europe
To order by email: Not possible
To order by FAX: +44 442 882265
To order by phone: +44 442 881900 (UK number)
To order by mail: Order Dept.
Simon & schuster International Group
Campus 400
Marylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead
Herts. HP2 7E2 ENGLAND

For email and FAX orders, please include the product name and number, your
name and address, and your MasterCard or VISA card number and expiration date.
If you wish delivery by Federal Express (costs extra), please indicate so.

MINIX can also be ordered from the following addresses:

In England: The MINIX Centre
Forncett End
Norfolk NR16 1HT England

In Germany: Prentice Hall
Feldtorweg 24
D3406 Bovenden 1

In the Benelux: Computer Collectief
Amstel 312-A
1017 AP Amsterdam
FAX: +31 20 622-6668

In Scandinavia: Frank O'Donell
P.O. Box 88
1371 Asker

In Spain and Deborah Worth
Portugal: Appartado Numero 50672

In Italy: Jim Blaho
Piazza Santo Spirito 17
50125 Florence

In Greece: Vassilis Zahos
Kritonos 5-7
GR 11634 Athens

In Turkey: Atilla Gullu
Milli Mudafaa Cad 14/7
Kizilay Ankara

In Australia: Prentice Hall Australia,
PO Box 151,
Brookvale NSW 2100
``Use our FAST PHONE SERVICE by calling Liz Guthrie SYDNEY
(02) 939 1333''

If you have previously purchased MINIX from Prentice-Hall, you can get
a discount of $60, but only if you order by mail and include the label from
the original PH boot disk (or the entire disk) with your letter. Not valid for
email, phone or FAX orders since you must enclose the original boot disk label
(not a photocopy). Mail orders can be by credit card or check for $169. You
will be billed for tax and shipping.

Although MINIX is supplied with the complete source code, it is
copyrighted software. It is not public domain. It is also not like GNU.
However, the copyright owner, Prentice-Hall has granted permission to bona
fide universities to copy the software for use in courses and in university
research projects. It is also permitted for MINIX owners to change the
software to suit their needs and to distribute diff listings containing
their changes freely. The shrink-wrap license that comes with MINIX states
that you may legally make two backup copies of the software. Prentice-Hall
is being much less strict than other software vendors. Please do not abuse
this. Companies that wish to embed MINIX in commercial systems or sell
MINIX-based products should call (212) 753-7753 to discuss licensing terms.

Since its introduction in January 1987, there has been a large an
active USENET newsgroup about MINIX, comp.os.minix. It currently has
about 25,000 members. Over 12,000 messages have been posted to this
group so far. These messages have contained questions, bug reports,
bug fixes, new software, and diff listings to allow current users to
update to new releases for free. It is the intention to continue this
policy into the indefinite future. MINIX users on Bitnet can be put on
a mailing list by sending mail to: Various
archives store newsgroup traffic for newcomers to the newsgroup.

The major current project is bringing MINIX into conformance with
the IEEE POSIX P1003.1 and P1003.2 standards. This will (hopefully)
occur with V2.0, perhaps in 1992 (keep thinking "Next Year"). V2.0
will also be provided with an ANSI C compiler. Various people are
currently working on 32-bit versions of MINIX for the 386, and
numerous other projects. To keep up, subscribe to the comp.os.minix

A package containing the following compilers is available commercially:

- ANSI C, conforming to ANS X3.159-1989

- Modula-2, conforming to
"Report on The Programming Language Modula-2", in "Programming in
Modula-2, 3rd ed." by Niklaus Wirth, Springer-verlag, 1983

- Pascal confrming to level 1 of BSI standard BS 6192: 1982 (ISO 7185),
with a few small exceptions

Also, a Modula-2 makefile generator and some utilities for handling
relocatable object files are included (aal, nm, size, strip, etc).
Complete libraries for ANSI C, Pascal, and Modula 2 are provided.

This package is available in 4 different versions:

- 5.25" DS/DD floppies for 8088/286/386 (4 360K floppies);
- 5.25" DS/HD floppies for 8088/286/386 (1 1.2M floppy);
- 3.5" DS/DD floppies for 8088/286/386 (2 720K floppies);
- 3.5" DS/DD floppies for Commodore Amiga or Atari ST (2 720K floppies).

Many problems with the old Minix C compiler have been resolved:
- All versions have separate as and ld programs. Asld is gone.
- Floating point is now supported
- Library is greatly improved and is ANSI conformant
- A program aal is provided to manage libraries (ranlib-like)

The package is available from two companies:

Transmediair Products & Support B.V. Unipress Software
Melkweg 3 2025 Lincoln Highway
3721 RG Bilthoven Edison, NJ 08817
The Netherlands U.S.A.
Tel: +31 30 281820 Tel: +1 908 287 2100
FAX: +31 30 292294 FAX: +1 908 287 4929

Transmediair charges US $200,- for the 4 floppy PC version, US $150,-
for the other versions. Unipress charges US $199,- for all versions.

15. SunOS Minix

SunOS Minix is a version of Minix that runs as a user process on Sun
3s and 4s running SunOS 4.X. In SunOS Minix, the processor time used
is the time allocated to the SunOS process running SunOS Minix, each
file system is a SunOS file, and the console is /dev/tty of the SunOS
process. Also, it is possible for multiple users to log into a single
instance of SunOS Minix.

SunOS Minix runs as a user process, so does not require a dedicated
machine. Also, multiple instance of SunOS Minix can run on a single
machine simultaneously without interfering with each other.

SunOS Minix is produced by applying a set of patches to Mac Minix 1.5
(both and can be used) or PC Minix 1.5. Also, Atari
Minix has been used as the base version by at least one person. The
SunOS Minix patches are available via anonymous ftp from in the file SMX_2_00.TAR_Z in the UNIX directory.

Also in version 2 of SunOS Minix is our first efforts at providing support
for Solaris 2.0.

Any enquiries should be sent to There is a
SunOS Minix mailing list. Postings and admin requests for the mailing
list should be sent to the same address.

Many sites keep archives of MINIX-related material, ranging from
archives of articles posted to more organized repositories of programs posted
to the net. The complete MINIX distribution is NOT (repeat NOT) available
from any online archive. This is not permitted. Only the newsgroup traffic is
stored there.

List Archives: Current July '87 - Dec '89 (?) Current year

Formal Archives (MINIX sources):

16.1. File Transfer on the Internet
If you are on the Internet, you can get files from many places with the
file transfer protocol ("FTP"). When connecting to the host system, use
the user-name "anonymous" and any password. Most systems will ask for your
"ident" as a password. It is considered good etiquette to use either your
login name or mail address when asked. Once connected, look for a "README"
file which should give further information about the archive.

Consult your local documentation on the use of your FTP application
program (generally called "ftp"). Please be nice to the FTP sites by
restricting your use to non-business hours.

The following sites provide Anonymous FTP [] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910115
Subdir: . afio, bcc, clam1.3, clam bins, cpp, cppmake,
elvis1.1, estdio20a, format, fp, getty,
shoelace1.0a [] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . afio, bcc, clam1.3, clam bins, cpp, cppmake,
elvis1.1, estdio20a, format, fp, getty,
This site has a mail server, [] directory pub/Minix
Last checked: 930127
Subdir: . (Sept'90 version of the
Minix Compatibility List),
posixlist (volunteers posixing utilities)
subjects.90, subjects.91, subjects.92
(list of articles in subdirs articles.)
subjects.ast (list of Andy Tanenbaum's
articles in subdir articles.ast)
Subdir: articles.91
Subdir: articles.92 Archive of many comp.os.minix articles 1991-2
earlier years rolled out to tape
Subdir: articles.ast Archive of many comp.os.minix articles by
Andy Tanenbaum since 1987 (on tape)
Subdir: common-pkgs c386-4.2, cccp, clam, copt-src, dfrag,
dict-words, egrep, elle-src, elvis, estdio21,
karn-tcpip, less, mxkermit, mxuucp, mxuupc,
nlmug-uucp, ns-stdio, paste, ro, small-c,
symlinks, termios, zterm
Subdir: d1.1-1.2 Diffs for PC-Minix1.1 -> PC-Minix1.2
Subdir: d1.2-1.3 Diffs for PC-Minix1.2 -> PC-Minix1.3
Subdir: evans 386-minix diffs and bcc
Subdir: mgr Mgr window manager, mono plus alpha color
Subdir: pc-bin compiler, basic, db, patch, xlisp, etc.
Subdir: pc-pkgs bootmenu, bootmon, cagney-mcc, db, format,
miller-boot-hd, mullen-turboc, overby-boot,
ps, s2asm, stevie-pc, vm, xt2_wini
Subdir: st-pkgs 68kfloat, mdb [] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910115
Subdir: . UU-Minix (UUCP), minixfloat (8088
Floating Point)

ftp.Uni-Koeln.DE [] directory /thp/minix
"echo" of, for use only if that site causes
problems [] directory minix
Last checked: 910218
Subdir: adelaide Mirror copies of various minix ftp sites
Subdir: ccadfa [the directory structure used is roughly the
Subdir: dsrgsun same as on the original hosts]
Subdir: dynamo
Subdir: jmu
Subdir: plains
Subdir: sky-luke
Subdir: star
Subdir: suphys
Subdir: tuwien
Subdir: uit

Subdir: gnu bash, cv68, gcompile, gnu, kdiffs
Subdir: gnu/m68k binaries and partly diffs of new ports of
GNU sw to the m68k (i.e. atari, amiga, mac)
[This directory will be extended to hold
all the diffs sometime in the future.]
Subdir: minix PC and ST Minix upgrade kits and official
Subdir: net Various stuff collected from c.o.m.
cv68-v3, cc, clam-1.4.1, disem, fad-ld,
fp-st, mail-1.8, mroff, news, nlmug,
sysupd1, umail-3.45, vc-8, wmail-3.63+ []
Last checked: Never (net posting)
Subdir: pub/aminix1.5.10.2 AmigaMINIX -> [] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910115
Subdir: . hd_minix (MINIX-PC hd-boot package) [,] directory info-minix
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . comp.os.minix archives (July '87 - Dec '89) []
Last checked: 940430
Subdir: . Archive of comp.os.minix postings
(Nov '89 to now!),
The Minix Compatibility List, Infosheet
and FAQsheet
Subdir: clam The official residence of the clam shell
Subdir: demodisk Demodisks for PC, Amiga and Atari
Subdir: manuals The online manuals
Subdir: uucp1.3 [???]
Last checked: never
Subdir: pub/minix MacMinix patches [] directory pub/Minix
Last checked: 940430 NOTE: this site is now stagnant!
Subdir: . compress, README, ls-RC
Subdir: mirror of,7/15/93
Subdir: all.contrib clunie-yacc, check_crc, cvw-cc, elle41,
elvis1.4, getty, mail, tar_fix, u-mail,
uucp, w-mail, xargs
Subdir: doc Compatibility (Aug'90 version of the
Minix Compatibility List),
Copyright-info, Infosheet, PC-CC-comments,
PC-Compilers, Questions, RefMan, ST-Compilers,
Upgrading, mailaddr, posix.2,
Subdir: mugnet.sources Index + the sources
Subdir: oz (echo of local)
GlenO.tute, bcc, clam1.3, clam bins, cpp,
cppmake, db, dirent-hack, duck, elvis1.1,
estdio20a, estdio21, extra, format, fp,
incl_sys_13, ksh_patches, lmakefiles,
ls, mcc, pam, s2asm, shoelace10a, uname,
Subdir: pc Bnews, afio, byacc, c, clock, comic1.0,
conv, crypt, dosread, file, format,
lharc-1.2, multiboot, nrchbar, p, ps,
s2asm, shared-text, symlinks, talk,
unzip30, uucp-util, uucp, vn, vt_con,
Subdir: st.contrib CC-68K, Infocom, bugs
Subdir: st.contrib/pkgs chfont, df, flex, fonts, format, ld, mdb,
vdi, zoo
Subdir: st.contrib/x hcj, speed, supra
Subdir: uk 16bcompress, binutils, emacs, emacsdif,
gasdiff, gcc
Subdir: updates Updates for Minix to 1.5.10. Also includes
bug fixes for Atari, Amiga and
Macintosh versions
Subdir: sun
Subdir: usenet "organised" postings from Usenet News [,] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . Minix exercises, minix-13d-symlink,
minix-13d-vga [] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910115
Subdir: . FETCH_ME_FIRST, README_386, ls-l.Z
Subdir: adm/upgrade_kit DIRECTIONS, PH_1.5_Intro, things_to_doc
Subdir: local (Echoed on pub/Minix/oz)
GlenO.tute, bcc, clam1.3, clam bins, cpp,
cppmake, db, dirent-hack, duck, elvis1.1,
estdio20a, estdio21, extra, format, fp,
incl_sys_13, ksh_patches, lmakefiles,
ls, mcc, pam, s2asm, shoelace10a, uname,
Subdir: upgrades Upgrades for Minix to 1.5.10. [] directory pub/sreiz/minix
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . Patches to AmigaMinix to boot off hard disk [] directory src/bin/zip
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . Zip for Minix [] directory minix-l
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . comp.os.minix archives (current and past year)
This site has a mail server, [] directory mirrors/misc/minix
Last checked: 910212
Subdir: . Diffs for PC-Minix1.1 -> PC-Minix1.2 [] directory pub/minix
Last checked: 910213
Subdir: hp Patches to keyboard for German characters
Subdir: net bcc, c386, c68, cpp, cppmake, less,

16.2. Mail Servers
Some archive sites provide access to their archives with a server program
that responds to commands mailed to it.

An archive of the worthwhile postings from the comp.os.minix newsgroup is
available from either via mail or by GUEST niftp. For details
about how to access this service send a mail message with NO Subject: field

and a message body of:

request catalogue
topic minix
request end

This will mail you back details of the various ways to obtain the files.
This service is only available inside the UK. We have no funds to send
such mail internationally.

This archive service is run by Lee McLoughlin.
Uucp: lm...@icdoc.UUCP, ukc!icdoc!lmjm

North Dakota State University is the host site for distribution of the
info-minix mailing list (also known as minix-l), which is bidirectionally
gatewayed to the Usenet group Comp.os.minix. We maintain archives of all
list traffic from within the past year or so (depending on space availability).
Archives are available via Anonymous FTP on the Internet, and LIST-SERV
file requests from other networks.

Our server is:

Internet: list...@vm1.NoDak.EDU []
Bitnet: listserv@ndsuvm1
UUCP: uunet!!listserv

If you do not have Internet access, you may request files be sent to you by
our LISTSERV file server by sending it commands in the body of a mail message.

To obtain a list of the files, the INDEX command is used:


The GET command will instruct LISTSERV to send you a file, such as:

get minix-l LOG9005A minix-l

to get the file "MINIX-L LOG9005A" from the directory "MINIX-L". The
filename tells what year, month, and week it is from:


where "yy" is the year, "mm" is the numeric month and "w" is an alphabetic
character from A to E indicating what week of the month. Several months of
log files are kept on-line, the number depending on disk space availability.

Due to the 80-character per line (punched card) limit on Bitnet mail, many
of the files will be shipped using an encoding scheme that allows logical
lines to be split up into many physical lines. On Bitnet, this is normally
the IBM "DISK DUMP" or "NETDATA" format, and for ther networks it is "List-
serv Punch".

Listserv Punch was designed by Listserv's author and is designed to send
files with lines longer than 80 characters thru the Bitnet gateways. A
special program to decode the file once it has arrived at your site.
Information on obtaining a program to decode listserv punch format is sent
with each encoded file.

If you would rather have a file sent to you uuencoded, you may specify
that in your GET command:

get minix info minix f=uuencode

please note that the file, once decoded, will be in EBCDIC!


If you are looking for a specific article, or set of articles, you can
perform searches on this directory using the Database functions of Listserv.
For example, to obtain a "Subject" index of the MINIX-L archives, send the
listserv a file or mail with the following "job" in the message body:

// JOB Echo=No
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD *
search * in minix-l since 90/04/01

and you will be sent a file containing all of the 'Subject:' lines sent to
the mailing list since December 1, 1989. If you wish to request one or
more items, replace the 'index' line in the above job with "print [ref-num]",
where "refnum" is the reference number from the index listing. Documentation
on this and other database functions is available by sending the command
"INFO DATABASE" to the listserv.

To obtain more information on the listserv, send the command:


and you will be enlightened with a list of available documentation on using

This archive is automatically maintained by the list server. It
is located at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND USA (46 52 N /
96 48 W city)

16.3. Publicly accessable Bulletin Boards
For people without a network connection, there are PC-based Electronic
Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) that has carry various MINIX topics.

16.3.1 NLMUG-ONLINE ("minixug"), (02522) 18363 in Holland.
300,1200,2400 baud, 8,n,1.

No registration required, no donations accepted.
Everyone gets 60 minutes/day.
No upload/download ratios (but don't be a jerk!)

This BBS is run by Fred van Kempen <>

16.3.2 The Picayune ( in North Dakota, USA

- validation takes a day or so
- no download limits
- read access to Usenet News
- access to FTP area on,

701-232-2573 3/12/24 701-237-7790 3/12/24
701-237-4281 9600+ V.42 701-237-4752 9600+ V.42

This system is run on Interactive 386/ix by the NDSU Student Chapter of the ACM

17. MINIX Compatibility List (1 August 1990)


This is a list of machines that MINIX has reportedly run on. An updated
version of this list will be posted when a sufficient number of entries
have been added or changed or when requested.

Version 1.0 is the version in Tanenbaum's book, "Operating Systems: Design
and Implementation". Version 1.1 is the initially released version and
the differences between it and 1.0 are minor. Version 1.2 was released
next and followed a year later by 1.3. Version 1.4 was only released to
Usenet. Currently, Prentice-Hall ships version 1.5 (known as 1.5.10 to

Version 2.0 is in the planning stages and should be available late "next

Only compatibility with PC MINIX 1.3 and greater is now reported in this

Version 1.1 is the currently available version and is currently
available from Prentice-Hall. Version 1.5 exists on the Net, but
is not yet available from Prentice-Hall.

Explanation of List

Each list is sorted in alphabetic order. Each line is an entry that
represents a portion of a report received by the editor. Each entry is a
report of how well a specific version of Minix worked on a specific
machine or other piece of hardware. Each entry appears as a single line
in the following format:

------------------------- ---- - -------- -------- -------------------------
1111111111111111111111111 2223 4 55555555 66666666 7777777777777777777777777

where each field is defined as:

1 - Hardware type. The type of hardware on which MINIX was tested.
2 - MINIX Version. The version of MINIX tested on the hardware.
x.y indicates that the version is unknown.
3 - Subversion. The subversion of the above MINIX version. E.g., the
subversion of 1.5.0 is 0. If the subversion is not known, an 'x' will
be found in the field.
4 - Report Status. This will be Y (Yes, MINIX worked on the version),
N (No, MINIX did not work on this version) or P (Yes, MINIX worked
on the version, but a patch was required).
5 - Date of Report. When the report was received.
6 - Report Submitter. This is a reference to the individual who
submitted the report. A list of submitters is included with the
7 - Additional Comments. Additional, useful comments added by the

There are two major sections at this time. The first is PC MINIX 1.x and
the other is ST MINIX 1.x. Other sections may be added as needed (e.g.,
an AMIGA MINIX or PC MINIX 2.x section).

At this time, within each section are two subsections. The first is Basic
Operation (whether MINIX runs on the machine at all) and Optional Hardware
(whether it works with specific added hardware, such as Disk Controllers
and Video Cards). Other subsections may be added as needed.

The Compatibility List


Basic Operation
----- ---------
AMSTRAD PC1512 1.3x Y 07/10/89 regisr hd2 does not work
AST 286 1.3x Y 02/25/89 dlawyer
AST Premium 386-16 1.4x Y 09/15/89 al
AT&T 6312 1.3x Y 03/02/90 timborn
AT&T 6312 1.50 Y 03/02/90 timborn
AT&T 6312 1.53 Y 03/02/90 timborn
Blue Chip PC 1.3x Y 02/21/89 pa1343 Parallel port didn't work
Bull Micral System 200 1.3x Y 01/24/90 higgs
Club American 386/33-C1 1.3x Y 01/03/90 anderson
Commodore PC 30 III 1.3x Y 09/22/89 cbo
Commodore PC-60 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Compaq 386 1.3x Y 02/22/89 japplega
Compaq Deskpro 1.3x Y 03/06/90 HIGGINS
CompuAdd 286/12 1.3x P 02/21/89 MICHAELB
Computer Prod. United 286 1.3x Y 01/22/90 gnf3e
Computer Prod. United 286 1.5x Y 01/22/90 gnf3e
DTK/ERSO XT Turbo mtherbd 1.3x P 05/29/89 lyle Changed xt_wini.c, floppy.c
DTK 286 mtherbd (@10MHz) 1.3x Y 03/02/90 MC02015 Must remove bus mouse
Epson AX3 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast HD failed
Everex 1800B (AT clone) 1.3x Y 01/03/90 anderson HD works but flakey
Everex Apex 1.3x Y 03/02/90 MC02015
Freecom AT 386/20 1.4a Y 10/19/89 waltje
Freecom AT 386/25 1.4a Y 10/19/89 waltje
Freecom AT 386/33 1.4a Y 10/19/89 waltje
Gateway 2000 286 (@16MHz) 1.3x Y 08/10/89 tbunnell
Gateway 2000 286 (@16MHz) 1.4x Y 08/10/89 tbunnell
Gateway 2000 286 (@16MHz) 1.4 Y 08/10/89 tbunnell Protected Mode Minix
HP Vectra CS 1.3x P 01/02/90 lammert Multiple patches
IBM PC/AT @6MHz 1.3x P 09/22/89 al@escom using Leisner's at_wini
IBM PS/2 Model 80 1.3x P 05/29/89 ackerman
JDR Microdevices Turbo XT 1.3x Y 05/29/89 jds
Laser XT/2 1.3x Y 01/11/90 hansvoss program switched CPU-speed
Laser 386/20 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Laser 386/25 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Leading Edge Model D 1.3x Y 03/03/89 supple Changed to work w/30M HD
Leading Edge Model D2 1.3x Y 02/22/89 hedrick
Micro Generation 386 1.3x Y 10/30/89 surry
Micro Generation 386 1.4x Y 10/30/89 surry
NEC Powermate 386 1.3x Y 02/22/89 japplega
Olivetti M290 1.3x Y 07/10/89 wezel
Proteus Tech. Model 1800e 1.3x Y 09/13/89 lance HD problems
Sun IPC 1.3x Y 02/22/89 paula Screen shifts when scroll
Tandon 386/16 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Tandy 1000 1.3x P 02/22/89 japplega
Tandy 1000A 1.3x P 02/22/89 donw
Tandy 1000A 1.3x P 02/22/89 japplega
Tandy 1000SX 1.3x P 02/22/89 japplega
Tandy 3000 1.3x Y 01/31/90 umbaugh Load root fs w/"u" at boot
Tandy 3000HL 1.3x Y 01/31/90 umbaugh Load root fs w/"u" at boot
Tandy 3000NL 1.3x Y 01/31/90 umbaugh Load root fs w/"u" at boot
Tandy 4000 1.3x Y 01/31/90 umbaugh Load root fs w/"u" at boot
TI Business Pro 1.3x N 02/22/89 japplega
Toshiba T1100+ 1.3x Y 05/29/89 jds
Toshiba 5100 1.3x Y 05/02/89 nfs HD patch at
Toshiba 5100 1.50 Y 01/31/90 nfs
Tulip 386/25 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Unisys PW2 850 1.3x Y 05/01/89 allan
Win Labs Turbo-AT 1.3x P 01/22/90 gnf3e
Win Labs AT/386 1.3x P 01/22/90 gnf3e
Wyse 386/16 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Zenith 159 1.3x Y 08/23/89 dirk HD problems
Zenith Z183 1.3x Y 02/22/89 japplega
Zenith Z248 1.4a Y 10/02/89 ast
Zenith Turbosport 386-12 1.4x Y 10/20/89 al

Optional Hardware
-------- --------
AST EGA, color monitor 1.3x Y 01/28/89 dlawyer
Casper EGA, color monitor 1.3x Y 10/30/89 surry
Casper EGA, color monitor 1.4x Y 10/30/89 surry
CMS Hard Card (20 Meg) 1.3x Y 02/21/89 pa1343
Epson LQ5000 1.3x Y 01/31/90 umbaugh Not tested extensively.
Everex Micro Enhancer 1.3x Y 10/30/89 surry Vid card ok w/emulation off
Everex Micro Enhancer 1.4x Y 10/30/89 surry Vid card ok w/emulation off
IBM PS/2 Mod 50 HD 1.3x N 01/28/89 allbery Controller incompatible
Panasonic 1091 printer 1.3x N 01/28/89 mullen Loses chars
Persyst BOB 1.3x Y 01/28/89 mullen
Printers (various) 1.3x N 01/28/89 various Characters are dropped
Seagate ST4096 80 Meg 1.3x Y 10/30/89 surry Use at_wini.c as wini.c
Seagate ST4096 80 Meg 1.4x Y 10/30/89 surry Use at_wini.c as wini.c
Toshiba MK134 HD 1.3x Y 01/13/90 bc
WD1006V-SR2 HD Controller 1.3x Y 01/13/90 bc


Basic Operation
----- ---------
1040ST (old TOS) 1.1 Y 05/31/89 uli
1040ST 1.1 Y 06/02/89 rcd
Mega ST4 1.1 Y 05/31/89 uli With or without Blitter

Optional Hardware
-------- --------
Adaptec MFM controller 1.1 Y 06/02/89 rcd
BMS 100 HD 1.1 Y 01/28/89 wheels fine
BMS Host Adapter 1.1 Y 06/02/89 rcd
ICD Host Adapter x.x Y 08/10/89 diana use it with ST277N SCSI
Megafile 60 1.1 Y 05/31/89 uli
Miniscribe 3425 1.1 Y 05/31/89 rcd
SH 204 1.1 Y 05/31/89 uli
SH 205 1.1 Y 05/31/89 uli
SH 205 (with 40M NEC HD) 1.1 Y 05/31/89 uli
Seagate ST225 HD 1.1 Y 06/02/89 rcd
Supra HD 1.1 ? 01/28/89 various some can, some can't

[ackerman] uunet!uvm-gen!griffin!ackerman
[allan] al...@esprit.UUCP
[dirk] herrh...@uwecvaxc.bitnet
[donw] do...@rwing.UUCP
[hansvoss] hhinsi!
[lancer] lan...@gacvax1.bitnet
[mullen] mul...@sdsu.UUCP
[ncoverby] ncov...@ndsuvax.UUCP
[regisr] felix!well!regisr
[timborn] timborn@timborn@ATT.COM
[waltje] minixug!wal...@kyber.UUCP
[wheels] whe...@mks.UUCP

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