Trying MINIX 3 is easy. You just download the compressed CD image file, decompress it, and burn it to a CD-ROM. This CD is a live CD. You can boot your computer from it and a few seconds later you log in as root. You do not have to install MINIX 3 to the hard disk to test it. If you decide you want to install it, you then have to create a hard disk partition for it (1GB to do anything useful) and start the live CD again and run setup. Please note that on x86, MINIX3 does not support USB at all (yet!). Proceed as follows:
|3.3.0 (stable release)||CD-ROM||288 MB||torrent||
|3.2.1 (previous)||CD-ROM||256 MB||torrent||
We have prebuilt images.
To crossbuild for ARM, see here to see all the steps.
Development snapshots are available at the dev snapshots page.
For older versions of MINIX, please see the previous versions page.
For a list of known bugs in releases, see the known bugs list.
If you do not have the compression (bzip2) and decompression (bunzip2) software, here it is for Windows, Linux, and Solaris. Here is the source tarball. Bzip2 is also contained in the MINIX 3 distribution.