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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

Jul 12, 2000, 06:21 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"In the last six months or so, we've seen an explosion of new operating system developments. All well and good, but truth be told, most of these "new" developments are really old projects looking for some new life...."

"Well, Plan 9 is heading for a rebirth, thanks -- I believe -- to Linux. Lucent Technologies, the company that still runs Bell Labs, has released a new version of Plan 9 and made it available for public download. While I can't make a definitive comment, a quick glance of the Plan 9 license indicates a bastardized GPL that should be able to qualify as a true open source license."

"In a manner similar to the way Linux distributors commercially package open source software, Lucent has found a company interested in selling services surrounding Plan 9. Britain's Vita Nuova will be boxing Plan 9 for retail consumption as well as providing commercial support and services for it."

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