Minix Archives on WWW

last rev 22 Aug 2004

The minix-l mailing list is archived, and the archives are available over the World Wide Web. The archives are extremely up-to-date, since they are handled at the same site as the mailing list, they go back to the beginning of January 1991, which covers a lot of Minix history, and the web page provides for searching the archives.

To access the minix-l archives: http://listserv.nodak.edu/archives/minix-l.html.

As of August 2004 the minix-l list is readable through the gmane.org mail-to-news gateway service as http://news.gmane.org/gmane.os.minix.general. Gmane maintains a searchable archive of the lists it gateways. At the time of writing (Aug 2004) there is little in the archive and thus little to search, but this may become a useful alternative way to search minix-l in the future.

The comp.os.minix newsgroup used to be coupled to the minix-l mailing list, and until about 1995 almost everything posted to the newsgroup was also mailed to mailing list subscribers, so the mailing list archive will also list older items posted to the newsgroup. Warren Toomey maintains a current archive site for the newsgroup. It is up-to-date, but not easily searched, articles are kept in gzip files holding 100 articles each.

To access the comp.os.minix archives: ftp://minnie.tuhs.org/minix/news.

Google has archives of a large number of usenix newsgroups, including comp.os.minix. The URL is http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=comp.os.minix. Google is my favorite search engine, and it seems to work quite well for searching for keywords in newsgroup archives. However, it would be much more useful if search results could be sorted by date or restricted to a range of dates, as can be done with the minix-l archive.

In an earlier version of this page I had a reference to a commercial service, Reference.Com, which was polite enough to ask permission to archive before subscribing to the mailing list. Unfortunately, this enterprise seems to have been acquired by another company. Their URL, http://www.reference.com, leads to some possible ways to search for Minix info, but there are no archives.

See also the FAQ about Minix FAQs and the Web Archives pages on this site .


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