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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My Plan 9 ritual...
by milatchi on Sun 16th Feb 2014 18:02 UTC
milatchi
Member since:
2005-08-29

I have a pattern with Plan 9. A ritual if you will.

Every two or three years I'll read an article that will get me excited about Plan 9.

The next day I'll research Plan 9: parse its documentation, research supported hardware/VMs, scour the web for posts and testimony of Plan 9's use.

On day three I install Plan 9 and poke around by issuing commands to rc, acclimating to acme with its "mouse chording," and then attempting to get networking setup.

Day four is my Plan 9 day of rest.

Day five I become apathetic to Plan 9, say "meh" and install another OS.

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RE: My Plan 9 ritual...
by jockm on Sun 16th Feb 2014 19:17 in reply to "My Plan 9 ritual... "
jockm Member since:
2012-12-22

And that's the thing. I think the architecture of Plan 9 is fascinating and revolutionary, but the UI is firmly stuck in the 70s/early 80s; there isn't that much useful software (unless you live on the command line); and sooner or later you realize you have work to do.

Syllable, MorphOS, AmigaOS, et al all have some form of modern browser and enough of the modern necessities that you can live there — if you are dedicated enough.

Were I the Plan 9 team, I would evolve the existing ui/window manager to be more like Bluebottle OS (the current incarnation of the Oberon OS), and get a decent Webkit/Gecko based browser going.

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RE[2]: My Plan 9 ritual...
by Jondice on Mon 17th Feb 2014 00:26 in reply to "RE: My Plan 9 ritual... "
Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

I couldn't agree more. Maybe the GPL license will get some people interested that weren't previously, but I guess that will be marginal.

Of course this topic came up on the 9fans list, but it doesn't look like much came of it, other than the conversation straying here and there to how much they dislike GNOME and GTK+, with a few voices of reason trying to keep the conversation on topic:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.os.plan9/GRfjY9ICcLg

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