NetBSD Based Distro MINIX 3.2.1 Gets Better Performance on Intel Machines

A lot of improvements have been implemented in this latest version

By on February 22nd, 2013 15:55 GMT

MINIX, an open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable, flexible, and secure, loosely based somewhat on previous versions of MINIX, is now at version 3.2.1.

As usual, changes in the MINIX 3 distributions are quite consistent and the new version, 3.2.1, follows the same path:

• Support for dynamically linked executables has been implemented;
• Remove the use of Intel segments altogether, giving a performance boost while context switching;
• Support for SYSENTER/SYSCALL based system kernel calls has been added;
• Imported or upgraded many userland utilities and libraries from NetBSD;
• The TTY driver has been generalized;
• Some more abstractions in VM have been added in order to support future improvements;
• Implemented dynamic mtab support and the mount -a command.

A complete changelog can be found in the official announcement.

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