by Bohdan Milar
Why should a user install MiNT when the original
and functioning operating system, TOS, is in ROM? TOS is simple to control and
configure, it does not take space on disk and its big advantage is that
it cannot be damaged. Unfortunately, TOS is very obsolete in
MiNT, which is a port of BSD Unix for Atari
computers, allows compatibility with other Unix systems including the
possibility to port and compile sources of Unix programs from other
platforms. In addition there is the possibility to run most TOS and GEM
applications (including accessories). Of course, you can still boot your computer
into TOS even after MiNT is installed.
important advantages of MiNT for an ordinary
- Running more programs (Unix, TOS, GEM
and X) simultaneously.
- Switching among several virtual screens
(although only one can be graphical), where different program can run on any
- Using long file names and giving
access rights to
- Network support including the internet.
adjustability of the whole system and different configurations for different
users (logging in protected by password).
- Process controlg
allowing manual termination of most crashed programs.
installation, de-installation and update of individual parts of the system
(only Debian and SpareMiNT).
- Source compatibility with other Unix
systems and so the possibility of porting programs not directly
developed for Atari computers.
- Unlike, for example, MagiC, MiNT is free so
everyone can copy and use it legally.