Minix 3 released

MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable and secure. It is based somewhat on previous versions of MINIX, but is fundamentally different in many key ways. MINIX 1 and 2 were intended as teaching tools; MINIX 3 adds the new goal of being usable as a serious system on resource-limited and embedded computers and for applications requiring high reliability.

MINIX 3 is initially targeted at the following areas:

  • Applications where very high reliability is required
  • Single-chip, small-RAM, low-power, $100 laptop for Third-World children
  • Embedded systems (e.g., cameras, DVD recorders, cell phones)
  • Applications where the GPL is too restrictive (MINIX 3 uses a BSD-type license)
  • Education (e.g., operating systems courses at universities)

MINIX 3 Features

  • POSIX compliant
  • Networking with TCP/IP
  • Two ANSI C compilers (ACK and gcc)
  • Over 300 UNIX programs
  • Many improvements since V2
  • Full multiuser and multiprogramming
  • Support for memory up to 4 GB
  • Device drivers run as user processes
  • Full C source code supplied
  • Runs on 386, 486, Pentium, etc.
Tech Tags: linux kernel freebsd

Restricted Formats – Install Packages

In Ubuntu, many formats are not available as there are licensing or patents issues with such formats. Such examples are MP3s, which require about 75cents for every player that plays MP3 files. Other formats that are not available CODECs for DVD playback, Java, Realplayer, Flash, etc.
You can install them by following the steps in the the wiki page of Ubuntu.

Comparison of OpenOffice and MS Office

This is a continuation of my previous post about the release of OpenOffice.org 2.0. Here is a nice article which compares MS Office and OpenOffice 2.0. Check this out and choose your best Office application. Also tell me which features of MS Office you seldom use and would you be able to handle your daily office applications without those features?

Tech Tags: openoffice OOo linux GNU/Linux

Ballmer believes Vista is secure

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer believes that most of the security flaws has been removed in the forthcoming Windows Vista. He has said that “Most people will trust it from day one on their home computer, and then they will have to decide about their corporate [PC].
I encourage you to get it early but I must be honest among friends”.
Microsoft has already mentioned early that the new Vista will be backward compatible with the older Windows programs. So how could they be so sure of the security it provides. I guess we need to wait and watch.