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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RE: Looks very old...
by BryanFeeney on Sat 28th Jan 2006 18:52 UTC 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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RE[3]: Looks very old...
by johndaly on Sat 28th Jan 2006 20:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Looks very old..."
johndaly Member since:
2006-01-16

Plan9 doesn't use X, and it doesn't use a GUI. What you see in the screenshots is called a textual user interface. It combines some of the advantages of a GUI with the CLI. Sure it's not sexy and colorful but that was never the idea behind it. If you want eye candy Plan9 is not for you.

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RE[3]: Looks very old...
by Tuishimi on Sun 29th Jan 2006 23:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Looks very old..."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

It says right on the plan 9 site that it also runs in 16 and 32 bit color modes.

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RE[3]: Looks very old...
by pac7 on Mon 30th Jan 2006 12:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Looks very old..."
pac7 Member since:
2006-01-30

DE is a windozish crap, IMHO. Sorry. Linux has been cluttered with ideas transferred from Windows, thus departing from Unix philosophy. Plan 9 is a clean, elegant paradigm with no need to import such things.

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