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[3]: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi
by saso on Sun 16th Feb 2014 21:28 UTC 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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RE[4]: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi
by Morgan on Sun 16th Feb 2014 23:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Plan 9 on Rasberry Pi"
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I never said otherwise. ;)

I'm an OS hobbyist, as are many of the readers and contributors here, and I know Plan9 isn't feasible for a daily use OS. Neither are Amiga, OS/2, BeOS, Haiku, BareMetalOS, Syllable, and dozens of other obscure, outdated, or tiny projects. That doesn't mean they are uninteresting or not worth reading and talking about. And that's all I'm doing, sharing my joy for such niche OSes. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, especially on this website.

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