Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Feb 2014 00:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

The University of California, Berkeley, has been authorised by Alcatel-Lucent to release all Plan 9 software previously governed by the Lucent Public License, Version 1.02 under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.

You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

I never really dove too deep into Plan 9, but it has always fascinated me. I think it's time to learn more - and I suggest you do so too. It's weekend, after all, right?

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RE: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi
by saso on Sat 15th Feb 2014 19:22 UTC in reply to "Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi"
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I can imagine the stuff shown in the video would have been pretty impressive in the 70s. Nowadays, however, Plan9 just appears hopelessly out of date. Looking at that video I felt like I had entered a time machine:

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RE[2]: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi
by Morgan on Sat 15th Feb 2014 21:27 in reply to "RE: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi"
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Well, when I use GNU/Linux these days I tend to stay in either Openbox or xmonad, so Plan 9 does appeal to me on a certain level. I'm a minimalist at heart.

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RE[3]: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi
by saso on Sun 16th Feb 2014 21:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi"
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Sure, to each their own, but you have to realize that being for a limited audience necessarily carries with it smaller developer numbers and maintaing a modern OS (even just the kernel) requires *tons* of work. Drivers don't write/port themselves, bugs need fixing, new CPU revisions need support changes, etc. etc. I guess if you really focused down on what matters to you and tightly controlled your entire execution environment (hardware/software/etc.) you could limit this to a manageable size, but anything close to general-purpose nowadays requires a lot of work, and hobbyist efforts by a small community can only get you so far.

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