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MINIX Past Releases

This page provides some information about the previous MINIX 3 releases.

You can download release media from the download page.


Release 3.1.8

Release date: October 4, 2010

Major Features:

  • New package management infrastructure: pkgsrc and pkgin (contributed by Gautam Tirumala)
  • Unix Domain Socket support (contributed by Thomas Cort)
  • Multiboot support (contributed by Feiran Zheng)
  • Ext2 support (contributed by Evgeniy Ivanov)
  • ACPI driver
  • full APICs
  • Experimental AHCI support

Known Issues:

  • VirtualBox: Minix 3.1.8 cannot be installed w/o hardware acceleration support (VT-x, AMD-V)
  • VirtualBox 3.1 cannot boot Minix. Please use VirtualBox 3.2.
  • Some packman packages have not been ported to pkgsrc yet

Release 3.1.7

Release date: June 16, 2010

Major Features:

  • Userspace scheduling and a scheduling server (contributed by Bjorn Swift)
  • Proper support for multiple ethernet cards of the same type
  • Bugfixes (such as workaround to run on recent KVM)
  • Debug features (“verbose” boot monitor variable, access to debug registers DR0-DR7 in kernel)
  • Boot monitor allows loading images > 16 MB
  • Root partition size increased to 64MB (and setup script can now more or less safely deal with root partitions with non-default sizes)
  • Buildsystem support for building MINIX with GCC
  • Source tree reorganization/cleanup
  • New ports: Git, GCC updated to version 4.4.3
  • Secondary FS cache layer in VM that uses all available memory, reducing I/O wait time a lot
  • Support for the cp1251 and koi8-u charsets (contributed by Roman Ignatov)

Known Issues:

  • VirtualBox: Minix 3.1.7 cannot be installed w/o hardware acceleration support (VT-x, AMD-V)
  • VirtualBox 3.1 cannot boot Minix. Please use VirtualBox 3.2.
  • VirtualPC: the DEC Tulip network driver is broken
    • Fix: upgrade to SVN-trunk

Release 3.1.6

Release date: February 8, 2010

Major Features:

  • New drivers: Atheros L2, Intel E1000, Realtek 8169, DEC Tulip
  • VirtualPC Network Support (DEC Tulip)
  • PipeFS - removed pipe handling from filesystem drivers
  • HGFS - support for mounting VMware shared folders as file system
  • VFS: supplemental group support
  • VFS: sticky bit support
  • FPU support
  • System Event Framework (SEF)
  • Experimental APIC support (disabled by default)
  • More ports: more recent QEMU, BSD utilities, Benchmarks

Known Issues:

  • VirtualBox 3.1 cannot boot Minix. Please use VirtualBox 3.0 for now.
  • Qemu/KVM 0.12 cannot boot Minix. Please use Qemu/KVM 0.11 for now.
  • VirtualBox: Minix 3.1.6 cannot be installed w/o hardware acceleration support (VT-x, AMD-V)

Release 3.1.5

Release date: November 5, 2009

Major Features:

  • Better performance
  • Shared memory
  • setitimer function
  • ISO9660 FS
  • Open Source Sound System
  • Trap NULL accesses now, for user convenience
  • Improved signal handling
  • Better support for debuggers (ptrace improvements, etc.)
  • Network card autodetection (for supported PCI cards), improved network configuration
  • More ports: OpenSSH, Tcpdump, Nedit, Gnu Go

Known Issues:

  • VirtualBox: Minix 3.1.5 cannot be installed w/o hardware acceleration support (VT-x, AMD-V)
  • VMware: after working correctly for a period of time, the lance driver may stop working silently, causing all network traffic to be dropped for some period of time.
    • Workaround: when this happens, run “service refresh lance” as root to restart the lance driver.
    • This issue has been fixed in the Minix trunk available from Subversion.

Release 3.1.4

Release date: June 9, 2009

Major Features:

  • Virtual Memory support
  • Improved Virtual Machine support (when MINIX runs as guest)

Release 3.1.3a

Release date: June 8, 2007

  • Fixes to 3.1.3

Release 3.1.3

Release date: April 13, 2007

Major Features:

  • Virtual File System (VFS)


Release 3.1.2a

Release date: May 29, 2006

Major Features:

  • Packman package manager

Known Issues:

  • Installation issue when auto-partitioning disks.

Release 3.1.0 (Book Release)

Release date: October 24, 2005

First release of MINIX 3

Corresponds with source discussed in OSDIv3.

releases/previous.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/12 20:04 by lionelsambuc