Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Nov 2008 22:45 UTC, submitted by pablo_marx
OSNews, Generic OSes Linux distributions come and go by the dozens almost every day, and most of them live and die an unknown, irrelevant life, mostly because no, changing three icons and adding the suffix '-nix' to any random word doesn't make it different from Ubuntu. Anyway, sometimes, a new distribution is started that brings something new to the table. One such "distribution" is Glendix, which aims to combine the Linux kernel with the userpsace tools from Plan 9. Distribution is probably not the right term for this project.
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RE[4]: Nice name choice
by grfgguvf on Thu 27th Nov 2008 08:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Nice name choice"
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Ummm... No, not photoshopped.

It isn't? Certainly does look shopped.

Plan 9 on BlueGene was reported on Slashdot a while ago:

And as we know everything posted Slashdot is truth!

Plan 9 isn't some fly-by-night OS. It was written at Bell Labs as the experimental successor to UNIX. A number of features incorporated into UNIX have come from it /proc, devfs, and the Unicode to name a few. Obligatory wikipedia mention

The authors are the same guys who originally took part in writing UNIX. It goes without saying that they know what they're doing.

It doesn't have to be Linux to run on a supercomputing cluster. ;)

Yeah... I have tried Plan 9 a few years ago. They know what they are doing in system design/research, but their aim was not producing a realworld OS. Plan 9 crashes all the time (it's also slow/not optimized and has nonexistent hardware support, but these don't matter on a cluster).

As far as I know there is a Plan 9 cluster run by Ron Minnich and Andrej Mirtchowski at a national laboratory (and it has no bunnies stitched to the racks...), but none at IBM.


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RE[5]: Nice name choice
by heron on Thu 27th Nov 2008 14:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice name choice"
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What exactly were you running it on? I've never had a problem with Plan 9 crashing at all.

Besides... just because it crashes on your x86 doesn't mean it won't run smoothly elsewhere.

And, no, I didn't say everything that is posted on slashdot is the truth, but the story does seem credible. If you search "Plan 9"+BlueGene on google you'll see that there has been work at IBM on this.

So... you're basing your disbelief on some pixels you think you see? Could you be specific beyond a "feeling" on what is leading you to believe that it is photoshopped? Or is it simply that you don't believe that anything but Linux could do this?


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RE[6]: Nice name choice
by sbergman27 on Thu 27th Nov 2008 15:02 in reply to "RE[5]: Nice name choice"
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Or is it simply that you don't believe that anything but Linux could do this?

Architecturally, Plan 9 is ideal for this use. Built from the ground up as a distributed system, the concept of "processor server" is basic to it (as are display servers, storage servers, print servers, camera servers, etc.), all communicating happily via 9P. As to how well optimized it, and its compiler is for this use, I don't know. According to the Glendix paper, KenCC, written in only 1/17th as many lines of code as gcc, can do everything that gcc can. One could be forgiven for having a few doubts about that, though.

Edited 2008-11-27 15:03 UTC

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