I would hardly see how anyone could interpret my reply in this way. I wrote about FreeBSD specifically and I thought made it clear that there is a difference. The Hurd as well as Minix are research systems IMHO. That is usually a nice way of saying that they tend not to go anywhere.
> But what has this minix have really achieved?
Not much TBH, you have for example actual implementations of network drivers that can be restarted upon crash and have its state restored, but I somehow have my doubts that this is really useful in the real world. It is neat, but unless you show that working on a storage driver I am less than impressed.
AST is 68, so I would be surprised if he keeps working on Minix much longer. He has gotten EU funding for resilient OS research, but it all looks like it will not really help the commercialization of Minix since I see no reason to pick it over Linux or a BSD even if that project bears fruit beyond nice demos, because its bad points (hardware support, performance, available talent) outweigh its potential plus points. The same applies to its ARM port which has been talked about for years and most people around here will know that ''it boots'' is quite different than ''it is stable and works well for real workload''. And it does not even boot on any ARM platform yet, much less on a wide variety of ARM platforms.
> I dusted my old P4 to see if this really works, but then I got kernel panic and the screen went blank. Didn't want to try anymore beyond that. Happened the same last year with the previous release.
Yeah, I am not surprised. Today's main problem for toy and research OSes is hardware support, so I see the potential tendency of them running well on hypervisors just like on the IBM 390 decades ago. But once you do that you kind of miss the point of running an alternative OS in the first place, i.e. if you do RT most of the potential goes away if you run it on top of say Xen.
> So practically pointless release with 2 CD wasted.
Maybe for you and most other people, but I am always surprised to meet people hacking on ''pointless'' code. It is really not my prerogative to come to that conclusion since it is not my time.
In the end I agree with you that Minix is pointless, but the brevity of your comment and the lumping in of the BSDs just made it look trollish. Had you written the second comment as your first I would have pretty much agreed with you.
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