In this tutorial we’ll install Minix 3 on Virtual box with internet connection ability. Now for successful Minix 3 installation your processor must support virtualization. First go and download Minix 3.2.1 from official minix3 website. This will be a compressed file so you need 7zip for decompressing. In my case it’s minix_R3.2.1-972156d.iso.bz2 . After decompressing it you’ll get an ISO file. We’ll use this ISO file for minix3 installation. You can watch this video or continue with reading this article. Both are same.

Or follow these steps:- Go to your BIOS setup and enable virtualization. Install Virtual Box. Click on New button. A dialog box will appear for Name and Operating system. In the name field type Minix 3.2.1, Type > other, version > Other/ Unknown Fill it as shown in image.

Creating Virtual machine for MINIX 3
Creating Virtual Machine for MINIX

Click next. Enter memory amount greater than 64 MB ( i have used 128 MB). Click Next. Click on create a virtual hard disk now radio button. Click Create. Select VHD( virtual hard disk) for hard drive file type.Click Next. Select Dynamically allocated. Click next. Select File Size 2 GB. Click Create Button. Now your virtual box should look like this image:-

Minix 3 running on Virtual Box
MINIX 3 settings in VirtualBox

VirtualBox allocates 6 MB video memory to MINIX. To change that, click on setting button. Minix 3.2.1 setting dialog box will appear. Select display and set the Video Memory to 64 MB. Now we need to provide installation media to virtual machine.Click on storage>Empty and then select your ISO file which you decompressed as it shown in following image.

Boot image for VirtualBox
Providing Installation boot media

After selecting your ISO file click OK button. We have successfully created a virtual machine. Now we need to install Minix 3 in this machine.  So click on the start button. Virtual box will start minix 3 virtual machine and MINIX 3 will boot. Minix 3 boot menu will ask you following four options.

  1. Regular MINIX 3
  2. Regular MINIX 3 (with AHCI)
  3. Edit Menu Option
  4. Drop to boot prompt

Select option 1. Hit enter. Now Minix Login will appear. Type root and hit enter. Now you will see the shell prompt (#). Now to start installation type Setup in shell prompt as in following image. You’ll see MINIX 3 setup screen.

MINIX 3 setup screen
Starting MINIX 3 setup

Hit enter. Now it will ask you for keyboard type. Type your keyboard type or press enter for US standard keyboard. It will ask to create or select a partition for minix. Press Enter for automatic mode.We’ll not use expert mode. Next it’ll ask to select a disk for installation. we’ll use the entire disk. So press Enter. For select a disk region press Enter. For confirm you choices type yes and press enter.

MINIX 3 setup disk options

Select the size of you home and press Enter. In “select a block size” we’ll leave the block size to it’s default 4KB. So press Enter.  Now MINIX will start to make partitions on disk and after that it’ll start to copy the necessary files to disk. So wait for sometime. After coping all files MINIX will ask to to select your Ethernet chip. Select option 8 AMD LANCE ( also emulated by VMWare and VirtualBox). Press Enter.

MINIX 3 setup Ethernet Network card choice

Now it’ll ask you to configure network. Press Enter to select automatically using DHCP. That’s it. You have successfully installed MINIX 3 on VirtualBox. Shutdown MINIX 3 by typing following in Shell prompt.

# shutdown -p now

Now one more step. Go to the setting of your virtual machine and remove the ISO file as shown in figure.Otherwise next time if we boot MINIX 3 it’ll still boot from ISO which we don’t want. 

ISO image removal from VirtualBox
Remove Installation media

Go and start you virtual machine. Your login screen should look like this image.

MINIX 3 login with network
MINIX 3 login screen

To login type root. If you face any problem then ask in comments.

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