is Now TOS)
is a TOS
-based Operating System which now has Posix (interwiki)
capabilities, thus MiNT
is also a real multi-tasking Unix-like Operating System.
In The Beginning
was originally released by a Canadian programmer named Eric Smith, in 1990, as "MiNT
is Not TOS
" (a play on "GNU's Not Unix"). With Allan Pratt contributing to Eric's project, adding Atari TT support, Atari Corporation ended up using MiNT
in combination with AES
4.0 to create a fully multi-tasking Operating System, called MultiTOS?
. Eric went on to take up the raines of MultiTOS?
in the final days before its release.
The current incarnation of MiNT
is being actively developed as the open source project FreeMiNT
. The current maintainer (2010), Alan Hourihane, provides kernel releases compiled from the projects CVS repositiory. FreeMiNT
is a modern MiNT
kernel combined with (the optional) AES