posted by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Dec 2008 15:20 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
IconA new version of MikeOS has been released. MikeOS is aiming to be the best documented hobby OS project; three Handbooks explain how to run the OS, write software for it and modify the internals, providing an easy entry point for those interested in OS development.

The features of MikeOS won't blow your socks off, but that's not exactly the point. This is a learning tool, similar to MINIX, in that aspiring operating system writers and kernel programmers can take a well-documented look at how a relatively simple operating system works. Still, here's the feature list:

  • A text-mode dialog and menu-driven interface
  • Boots from a floppy disk or CD-ROM drive
  • Over 60 system calls for use by third-party programs
  • PC speaker sound and serial terminal connection
  • A file manager and machine code monitor

MikeOS 3.0 includes rewritten handbooks, for the rest it's essentially the same as MikeOS 2.9.6. MikeOS is governed by a BSD-like license.

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