Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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Plan 9 [...] sadly looks destined to remain in a backwater, never having fulfilled its huge potential.

If only Lucent/Bell Labs would release it as "public domain", the uptake would rocket [...] they would gain great kudos and PR.

You seriously believe that it would make any difference? (for Plan9; with PD, I can see some cannibalising of its bits & pieces for less academic operating systems) Look how becoming more open made the uptake of Solaris or Symbian rocketing...

And what potential? (versus widespread "good enough" OS)
Oh, and don't forget one important thing: Plan9 can afford to maintain its elegance and "purity" precisely because of its niche status - if you wish for it to succeed, you wish for it to likely become similarly messy to all the other ~*nixes, eventually.

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The belief that systems survive if you make them open source if false.

They only survive if there are enough developers getting paid to keep sustained development, because if everyone is doing it on their free time, it eventually dies anyway.

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