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MINIX Gets (X) Windows

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MINIX is a UNIX (define) clone that began back in 1987 by Andrew Tanenbaum. It is perhaps best known because of its relationship to Linus Torvalds, who began experimenting with MINIX in March of 1991. In October of 1991, Linux was announced in the MINIX newsgroup, which Torvalds at the time described as "a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers."

But in its nearly 20 years of existence, MINIX has not had a windowing system for graphics support. But in the 3.1.2 version, which officially hit public beta this week, MINIX will sport X Windows.

X Windows is the basis of all modern graphical user interfaces on Unix and Linux. It's currently overseen by the X.ORG foundation.
Tanenbaum noted that because MINIX 3 is for serious use, it is also adding more features to make it "seriously usable".

"With X Windows and over 400 UNIX programs, including emacs, vi, cc, gcc, perl, python, ssh, and many more, it is on the way to becoming a serious system," Tanenbaum said.

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