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DeveloperYu Yuan
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelSource-available
Initial release2006; 17 years ago (2006)
Marketing targetEducation
Available inChinese
Update methodCompile from source code
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64
Kernel typeMicrokernel

Tinix (Try It as miNIX-like operating system), is a tutorial operating system (OS) written by Yu Yuan. It is used to teach fundamentals rather than to do work. In his book "Writing OS DIY", Yu provides all source code for Tinix.[1] Tinix borrows many concepts and methods from Minix. The book compensates for practical computer programming skills, especially in x86 assembly language, lacking in Andrew S. Tanenbaum's book "Operating Systems: Design and Implementation", 1987, 1997, 2006.[2]


  1. ^ Yuan, Yu (2006). Writing OS DIY (in Chinese). Beijing: Publishing House of Electronics Industry.
  2. ^ Tanenbaum, Andrew S.; Woodhull, Albert S. (1987–2006). Operating systems: design and implementation. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-142938-3.