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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RE: Does it work in VirtualBox?
by robertson on Sun 17th Jul 2011 07:03 UTC in reply to "Does it work in VirtualBox?"
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Yes, I just installed it onto a VirtualBox virtual hard disk.

During the install process, I had to skip the "confignet" step. I'm too much of a VirtualBox n00b to know how to make that work. I tried the DHCP option in the installer but it just sat there thinking. I have the network interface "Attached to: NAT" in the virtual machine.

I'm running all this on a MacBook, so I can't do anything useful now that it's installed since rio, the graphical/text environment, requires a 3-button mouse (or at least a 2-button one, and the third can be emulated with Control-Button 2, I believe). I guess I could invest in a USB mouse.

9front did crash leaving some nice core dumps a few times before and after I got it installed. Not sure what's up with that. I just "powered off" and restarted the VM and everything seemed to work fine.

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