Linked by robertson on Sat 16th Jul 2011 21:41 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Plan 9 has been forked to start a development out of the Bell Labs (or whatever they are called these days...). This true community-approach allows further development of Plan 9, even if the shrinking resources at Bell-Labs for Plan 9 are vanishing. The homepage and the code can be both found at Google code. You can boot 9front from the regulary built live cd or build the binaries in your existing Plan 9 installation. Installation instructions and further information can be obtained at the 9front wiki."
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New license - interesting
by obsidian on Mon 18th Jul 2011 00:15 UTC
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I see that the fork is using a different license (MIT). I wasn't aware that the Plan 9 code was able to be relicensed, so that's interesting.

One thing that I've been wondering about for ages is - there have been a number of Plan 9 papers produced, describing the workings of the system, and a number of those papers have source-code. There have also been about a dozen implementations of the 9p protocol done (presumably using the source in the papers as a "base"). Those implementations also use different licenses. Does all of that mean that the code appearing in those academic papers is "public domain"? I can't see how else all of those implementations could have been done.

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