In spite of what I wrote yesterday, I powered up a copy of Minix 3.1.1 in a VMware virtual machine on the train to Duesseldorf this morning. Immediately visible is the incredible speed at which that OS boots, and of course, the very small resource footprint it requires compared to almost anything else. The base system (some sixty MB when installed) gives a minimal Unix-like system with all usual commands (including a C compiler) and a TCP/IP network. Quite an impressive production in such small space. Of course, I do repeat what I said yesterday: who needs Minix when there is Linux or FreeBSD?

Software and Vmware :: 25 Oct 2005 :: e-mail