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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by AndrewZ on Thu 20th Jul 2006 16:00 UTC
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The author here. It was my intent to try out some of the cool stuff that Plan 9 is capable of. As I mentioned, I ran into compatibility issues on each of the 5 machines I tried out. I either had no video support or no network capability. What I really wanted to show was the ability to join a Plan 9 grid and actually do some distributed computing. Without both video and network capability I just wasn't able to pull it off. I did submit a second version of the article where I was able to get the trial CD version running in Microsoft Virtual PC, which is now free for the download. Unfortunately the editors of OSNews (God bless their hard working little hearts 8-) ) did not use the newer, up-to-date version of this article that included that experience and included a screen shot.

Yes, there are many amazing things that Plan 9 can do, but the out-of-box whiz-bang experience is not especially strong. A reasonable amount of user effort is required to really get things going with Plan 9.

Like I said in the into, Plan 9 is not really a fun toy OS, it is meant for industrial strength heavy lifting.

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