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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by AndrewZ on Sat 28th Jan 2006 20:08 UTC
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I read through the Plan 9 docs some time ago and my vague recollection was that it is designed to facilitate internetworking services, permissions, resources much better than the traditional way that *NIX os's have done it. The developers looked at the problems that larger institutions have managing networked resources and wrote an OS that specifically dealt with those issues. At the kernel level.

Sorry for the lack of details. Their docs are well written and I encourage you to check them out. These guys have a deep knowledge of many useful issues.

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