Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jan 2006 17:11 UTC, submitted by ratatask
OSNews, Generic OSes Plan 9 from Bell Labs is still very much alive. They just got an updated website, with easier access to nightly builds. "Plan 9 from Bell Labs is a research system developed at Bell Labs starting in the late 1980s. Its original designers and authors were Ken Thompson, Rob Pike, Dave Presotto, and Phil Winterbottom. They were joined by many others as development continued throughout the 1990s to the present. Plan 9 demonstrates a new and often cleaner way to solve most systems problems. The system as a whole is likely to feel tantalizingly familiar to Unix users but at the same time quite foreign."
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Looks very old...
by truckweb on Sat 28th Jan 2006 18:46 UTC
truckweb
Member since:
2005-07-06

From the one and only screenshot on their site, Plan9 looks old, not organised (the GUI)...

Looks worst than Windows 3.1 !!

And the thing is alive since 1980... Not much progress.

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RE: Looks very old...
by BryanFeeney on Sat 28th Jan 2006 18:52 in reply to "Looks very old..."
BryanFeeney Member since:
2005-07-06

The GUI is not the focus of their work. It's kernel how user-space interacts with it.

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RE[2]: Looks very old...
by FlipmodePlaya on Sat 28th Jan 2006 19:04 in reply to "RE: Looks very old..."
FlipmodePlaya Member since:
2005-11-24

Are there ports of any major free software DEs to Plan9? KDE, Gnome, XFCE, Enlightenment? Even more simple ones such as Blackbox?

Also, I noticed that screenshot was in 8bit colour. Is that incidental, or are there functionality problems with the available graphics drivers in Plan9?

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