|Company / developer||Ville M. Turjanmaa|
|Programmed in||FASM assembly language|
|Source model||Open source (32-bit)
Closed source (64-bit)
|Initial release||May 16, 2000(32-bit)|
|Latest stable release||32-bit: 0.85B / July 15, 2010
64-bit: 0.99.49c / March 5, 2014
|Available language(s)||English, Russian, Chinese, Czech, Serbian|
|Available programming languages(s)||assembly language|
|Supported platforms||IA-32, x86-64|
|Default user interface||Graphical user interface|
|License||GPL v2 (32-bit)
Proprietary (64-bit) 
MenuetOS is an operating system with a monolithic preemptive, real-time kernel, including video drivers, all written in FASM assembly language, for 64-bit and 32-bit x86 architecture computers, by Ville M. Turjanmaa. It has a graphical desktop, games, and networking abilities (TCP/IP stack), yet it still fits on one 1.44 MB floppy disk. On an Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz it can boot in 5 seconds.
The 64-bit MenuetOS, often referred to as Menuet 64, remains a platform for learning 64-bit assembly language programming. The 64-bit Menuet is distributed without charge for personal and educational use only, but without the source code.
Multi-core support was added on 24 Feb 2010.
MenuetOS development has focused on fast, simple, efficient implementation. MenuetOS has networking abilities, and a working TCP/IP stack. Most of the networking code is written by Mike Hibbett.
The main focus of Menuet has been on making an environment for easy assembly programming, but it is still possible to run software written in high-level programming languages on the assembler core. The biggest single effort towards high-level language support is Jarek Pelczar's work in porting C libraries to Menuet.
The GUI at version 0.99 supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 (16 million colours) with window transparency. The OS has support for several classes of USB 2.0 peripherals. MenuetOS ships with the shareware versions of Quake and Doom.
- CPU: Pentium 90
- RAM: > 32 MB (24 MB by tweaking)
- Videocard: VESA 2.0 compatible
- Storage: 1.44" floppy drive
- Mouse: COM or PS/2 interface
- KolibriOS - A free fork of MenuetOS
- damnsmalllinux.org - Really interesting OS, 2004-12-27
- (German) MenuetOS: In Assembler geschriebenes Betriebssystem, golem.de, 2009-08-10
- (Russian) Яков Уваров (30 August 2005) Мал золотник, да дорог, Computerra
- menuet.2.forumer.com - What are sys requirements for Menuet?, 2004-09-01
- menuet.2.forumer.com - menuetos -> 64bit / 32bit -> Help, 2008-03-10
- David Chisnall (Jun 22, 2007) A Roundup of Free Operating Systems. MenuetOS, informIT
- (German) MenuetOS - 32bit-Betriebssystem auf einer Floppy, Der Standard, 12 May 2003
- Eugenia Loli-Queru (5 Sep 2001) Interview With Ville Turjanmaa, the Creator of MenuetOS, OSNews
- Ville M. Turjanmaa (December 1, 2001) The Menuet Operating System. Packing a lot of punch into a small package, Dr. Dobb's
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to MenuetOS.|
- Compared to AtheOS and SkyOS as of 2002
- MenuetOS homepage (Menuet64 oriented)
- MenuetOS C Library
- an interview with Ville Turjanmaa and Madis Kalme, two of the MenuetOS developers