MINT Operating System

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MiNT (standing for Mint Is Now TOS) is a lean multitasking Operating System for TOS computers derived from MultiTOS, which was distributed by Atari Corporation with the Falcons. MiNT runs on ST to the latest ColdFire, but a high-end machine is required for best performance. Modern variations of MiNT are the primary operating system for high TOS clones or accelerated Atari machines

Current development

MiNT continues as Open Source and being developed by a bunch of Atari enthusiast.


To distinguish between the MiNT which Atari distribute, this updated MINT is distributed as FreeMINT. Current public release of FreeMINT is version 1.17 (Dec 2010). There are controlled release versions 1.18 available from the daily build repository.


SpareMINT is a RPM based FreeMint distribution. This gives MINT many UNIX like capabilities including Apache Webserver, Samba, FTP and many more excellent UNIX ports.


An simple way to install SpareMint will be to use EasyMint. EasyMiNT is a GEM based installer for MiNT/Sparemint. With EasyMiNT you're only a few mouseclicks away from a real MiNT system. EasyMiNT is for the beginner, who don't want to edit scripts or use cryptic commandline tools.


FreeMint consist of two parts - the multitasking kernel and the AES (Application Environment Services). The AES part can be the internal ROM, the new XaAES (jointly developed by FreeMint developers) or the new MyAES.


External links

  • FreeMINT Portal (not updated any more)
  • SpareMINT Portal FreeMINT distribution with many UNIX ports.
  • FreeMINT Wiki The all new FreeMINT Wiki maintained by the FreeMINT developers.
  • EasyMint The SpareMint Installer.
  • Mint Installation Guide Documents a manual method of installing MINT plus many trick & tips on running Mint effectively
  • MyAes The goal of MyAES is to provide a free, fast, reliable and modern AES for the Atari.
  • XaAES is a graphical user interface for FreeMiNT, and is the natural successor to Atari's MultiTOS.
  • Wikipedia link

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