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: Wha tnow
by fran on Sun 17th Jul 2011 10:30 UTC in reply to "Wha tnow"
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

what about Inferno OS
It's sort of the successor of plan 9 from Bell Labs.

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RE[2]: Wha tnow
by eekee on Sun 17th Jul 2011 11:30 in reply to "RE: Wha tnow"
eekee Member since:
2007-12-17

It's limited by being a bytecode environment only targeted by one language. This isn't all bad; Inferno is still more portable than Java after all these years, and bytecode is somewhat good for a unix-like environment by eliminating the need for context switches (which are especially slow on some ARM procs, for example), but there are areas where it is just plain slow whatever. Adding C modules to a running Inferno system is also impossible, requiring rebooting, and is kernel code in any case.

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RE[2]: Wha tnow
by Not2Sure on Wed 20th Jul 2011 16:16 in reply to "RE: Wha tnow"
Not2Sure Member since:
2009-12-07

I've never really understood the relationship either. I would love it if someone with knowledge could explain it.

I mean I know that Inferno was a stable, marketable release of plan9 that was commerical failure and the rights sold to VitaNova. And I think it may even include a jvm? VitaNova eventually released the source for Inferno under GPL. Is VitaNova still actively developing it or is it just maintenance?

So now plan9 development has diverged from Inferno? Who is continuing it, what are the main development goals, and is there a mailing list or something?

Thanks for any info.

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