Yes, I may have been wrong. Sorry.
But I have found some Programms in there where the patches are larger than
the sources (e.g. commands/ic).
Nevertheless I have tried to get 1.6.24b up and running. And I failed.
The first problem was building the library. Tsort is still buggy.
(Well not exactly: I could compile a working tsort using gcc and linux :-> )
Then I managed to build a new kernel, mm, fs and init.
I was not able to get the new tools (forgot the names, substitutes for
build and menu) running. They compiled w/o a warning, but didn't work.
It seems to me, that the filesystem format has changed a bit, but I could
find no documentation on it.
All in all, this is such a story of frustration that i have decided to:
- Stay with 1.5.10 since this patching needs too much time even using
a 12 MHz-286. (Where are these *s still using XTs? :->> )
- Use the available patches for 1.5.10: shared text, virtual consoles,
shutdown/reboot, nice ....
This will result in a nice, stable and usable system.
- 1.5.10 is POSIX enough for me. For special cases I will use Linux.
Linux has a almost complete C-library, almost everything compiles fine.
1.5.10 uses the same filesystem format as Linux, so they are pretty
compatible this way (except symlinks, but that won't matter).
- I won't ever sell my copy of Minix, since I will never find a
fool that will even pay half the price I paid. :->
BTW: Has anybody numbers of ppl actually using Minix? It seems the numbers
are decreasing, considering all the "mama, please unsubscribe meeeee!"
news in the last weeks...