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+ - New Release of MINIX 3 for x86 and ARM is BSD compatible->

An anonymous reader writes: MINIX 3 is a small POSIX-compliant operating system aimed at high reliability (embedded) applications. A major new version of MINIX 3 (3.3.0) is now available for download at In addition to the x86, the ARM Cortex A8 is now supported, with ports to the BeagleBoard and BeagleBones available. Finally, the entire userland has been redone in 3.3.0 to make it NetBSD compatible, with thousands of NetBSD packages available out of the box.

MINIX 3 is based on a tiny (13 KLoC) microkernel with the operating system running as a set of protected user-mode processes. Each device driver is also a separate process. If a driver fails, it is automatically and transparently restarted without rebooting and without applications even noticing, making the system self-healing.

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Comment: Re:Summary incomplete (Score 1) 278 278

So they go for the closer target to get some press. will likely be available any day now.

Ok, but law did the 'closer target' break? It's just that if there wasn't a good legal case, there's no good legal reason the police couldn't come and raid my home either, even if I'm not breaking any law. So that makes me feel some empathy with the raidees, making millions doing shady stuff or not.

Comment: Re:We don't use sudo? (Score 1) 592 592

I think the only significant benefit to sudo is that you can give users root access, without giving the root password, and take it away again without changing the root password.

It's more sensible way of authenticating: authenticate with your own password, authorize (or not) with sudo. authentication != authorization.

That said, I don't mind su for a system with very few root users and always use sudo as 'sudo -s' :).

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.