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Free Software magazine: MINIX: what is it, and why is it still relevant?

Mar 20, 2007, 17:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Berg)

"This very strong toughening catches many failure paths that are present in the much larger monolithic kernels such as Windows or Linux. Further, this allows the Kernel to remain small and understandable by any experienced kernel programmer, the fewer lines of code that exist in the Kernel the less likely that bugs, security, or maintainability issues occur.

"Designed into the OS is a reincarnation server to restart device drivers if they have stalled or crashed. This feature is a rather nice self-healing process that you may want in your satellites and nuclear reactors."

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