A Closer Look at Minoca OS: 5 Facts about the Lightweight OS for IoT

The recently launched Minoca OS is a new player in the already saturated operating systems market dominated by Windows and Mac.

While it may be too early to predict if this new OS will receive a large following, it pays to check if this is something worth using. Below are the five important facts about the Minoca operating system:

1. It’s made for small device owners who prefer a full-featured operating system.

Touted as a lightweight OS for the Internet of Things (IoT), Minoca OS is an open-source, general-purpose operating system that’s built for saving memory, storage, and power on small devices. It’s also meant to be lean and compatible with the existing software on the device.

2. It supports POSIX as an app interface.

This is the unique feature of the new OS, and it’s combined with the kernel/driver model that supports the backend. POSIX or Portable Operating System Interface is a group of IEEE Computer Society standards for ensuring the compatibility between various operating systems.

3. Its backend has a powerful driver model.

The driver model between the kernel and device drivers allows drivers to be created in a forward compatible manner. This way, kernel-level parts can be upgraded with the need to re-compile the device drivers.

4. It operates on x86 and ARM architectures.

Running on ARMv6, ARMv7, and x86 systems makes Minoca OS very scalable enough to run on bigger devices with big memory and multiple cores.

5. It takes up little space and is totally debuggable and portable.

The great thing about this new OS is that it doesn’t consume a lot of storage space because it runs only on a few megabytes of RAM. It also comes with a built-in debugger that works at the source level through the kernel, apps, boot, and firmware.

Now that you know what Minoa OS has to offer, would you give it a try? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!