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Internet Week: Will A New Model Set Inferno Ablaze?

Jun 29, 2000, 00:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Spangler)

"[Vita Nuova Holdings CEO Michael] Jeffrey says developers will be drawn to Inferno because it is a powerful technology for creating network-based applications. For one thing, he says, Inferno is highly scalable, which means it can be embedded into very small devices - it can be used in a mere 30 kilobytes of memory - and it also can run on a variety of processor architectures and larger operating systems (OSes), such as Linux, Sun Microsystems' Solaris and Microsoft's Windows."

"Another of Inferno's strengths is the simplicity of its network protocol, according to Jeffrey. All network resources are represented as files in a hierarchical system; therefore, accessing network resources in Inferno is as straightforward as making a "file open" call."

"Then there's Inferno's lineage. The operating system was created by Rob Pike, Dennis Ritchie and other Bell Labs software engineers who were the original developers of the Unix OS some 20 years ago. ...the timing is right because the industry is now much more receptive to alternative OSes. He cites the rise of Linux and the U.S. government's antitrust suit against Microsoft as helping to shift people's attitudes."

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