Thoughts on Minix3?

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at
Sat Sep 2 22:44:39 MDT 2006

On Sat, 2 Sep 2006, Stuart Jansen wrote:

> On Sat, 2006-09-02 at 16:52 -0600, Steve wrote:
>> I know that one of the reasons we even HAVE Linux is because Linus
>> Torvalds, wanted to create his own Minix variant or some such thing.
>> Anyways I just noticed that Minix3 has released under a BSD license,
>> and am curious to know peoples thoughts on it.
> Minix3 has complex flavor that is certain to titillate though perhaps
> not delight.
> The experienced palate will immediately appreciate the the robust
> texture common to all Unix variants.
> A more careful tasting reveals musky notes of historical importance and
> tangy microkernel accents with a distinct European flair. The result is
> playfully exotic.
> Unfortunately, the dish is spoiled by the injudicious inclusion of a
> couple of additional ingredients. One cannot avoid noting the way the
> texture is weakened by poignant, unrealized dreams. Worse yet are the
> bitter overtones that invariably result from an inability to acknowledge
> reality. In an oddly ironic twist, one can not help but compare the
> resulting flavor with the GNU/HURD.
> Overall, Minix3 is a delightful diversion for the adventurous but it is
> hard to imagine that it will ever achieve widespread popularity or
> significantly influence future gustatory creations.

Bravo, Stuart.  Amazing review in the style of winery.


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