Linked by Andrew Hudson on Wed 19th Jul 2006 18:45 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Plan 9 is an operating system designed by the same people who created the original UNIX. Its development began in the late 1980's and it was a research project intended to address a variety of system scalability issues that the UNIX and LINUX kernels don't do particularly well, namely, distributed computing, distributed name spaces, and distributed file systems. Plan 9 is open source and its current and fourth major release was in 2002. It is available as an install or LiveCD and it can be downloaded here. Note: This is an entry to our Alternative OS Contest.
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my plan 9 review
by Hosiah on Thu 20th Jul 2006 19:05 UTC
Hosiah
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2006-05-05

Looks like this is another good spot to post a link to my plan 9 review, complete with screen shots:
http://penguinpetes.com/b2evo/index.php?title=plan_9_from_bell_labs...

I have gotten a third machine together in the household, and one of the things I plan doing with the 80G hard drive is put plan9 on one of it's partitions. Eventually (really, REALLY eventually!), I wouldn't mind installing all the stuff ported to it and working on hacking on it a little myself. I'll have to agree with everybody else on the UI: it is awkward and bizarre. Moreover, it feels like half an interface; in fact half a project. It feels like somebody sat down in a manic cycle with all these great ideas and got halfway done before losing interest. It needs to be finished; it needs to have three or four desktops and UIs to choose from like Linux/BSD/Solaris has, it needs a ton more features, it needs to have a live CD release with every stick of software released for it bundled, and this system could then kick some butt.

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