Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Feb 2014 00:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

The University of California, Berkeley, has been authorised by Alcatel-Lucent to release all Plan 9 software previously governed by the Lucent Public License, Version 1.02 under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.

You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

I never really dove too deep into Plan 9, but it has always fascinated me. I think it's time to learn more - and I suggest you do so too. It's weekend, after all, right?

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Great to hear
by Jondice on Sat 15th Feb 2014 01:31 UTC
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A lot of experimental OS development is done under the GPL, so this should definitely increase cross polination between projects.

Also, I still remember getting the boxed set of Plan 9 for Christmas while in high school...
http://www.vitanuova.com/images/p9box_wbg.jpg

I remember emailing Brian Kernighan a question about it, when I could barely write a hello world program in C, and amazingly he replied (wish I still had that email).

Here's what he had to say about plan 9 in an interview: " As for Plan 9, I think that's too late, unfortunately. I think Plan 9 was a great idea and it should've been released under an open-source license when it was first done, eight years ago, but our legal guardians would not permit it. I think that they made a grievous mistake. The current open-source license is definitely worth having but it's not clear whether Plan 9, at least as a general-purpose operating system, will have much effect except in a relatively small niche. It has many things going for it which make it valuable in different areas, particularly where you need a small and highly portable operating system, but is it going to take over from Linux? Probably not."

source: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mihaib/kernighan-interview/

Edited 2014-02-15 01:36 UTC

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