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LinuxMall.com: Plan 9 From Bell Labs' Space

Jun 08, 2000, 18:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greta Durr)

"Five years following the last release, take three of Bell Labs' Plan 9 operating system (OS), source code and documentation currently is available for download at the project's Web site."

"According to Lucent Technologies spokesperson Patrick Regan, Bell Labs is Lucent's research and development arm, and Plan 9 was spawned from from the same pool as UNIX and the C languages."

"Plan 9 uses a single protocol to refer to and communicate with processes, programs, and data, including aspects of both the user interface and the network. In this way the system provides a uniform means of access to diverse computing resources, which may be distributed across a network of servers, terminals, and other devices," Regan said. "A user could easily engage a number of different programs running on geographically dispersed computers in a single session -- including hardware and software that might be considered practically incompatible -- without needing to know or care about the details."

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