"Inferno is an operating system (OS) for creating and supporting
distributed services. It was originally offered by Lucent
Technologies as a commercial product. Inferno has been obtained
by Vita Nuova, who will release its source code, architectures,
manuals and papers, along with other materials--but only to its
"York, England-based Vita Nuova was formed in 1996 by Michael
Jeffrey, Charles Forsyth and John Bates as a start-up software
company bent on hitching its wagon to the then-emerging Inferno
technology from Lucent Bell Labs. Vita Nuova achieved that end
through partnerships with Lucent from 1997 through 1999, building a
company based on Inferno technical services, according to a company
"Inferno is capable as running as a stand-alone OS or running as
a user application on a host OS. Inferno provides a portable
development environment and utilizes standard protocols for
communication between and within Inferno virtual machines."
"Inferno is intended to be used in a variety of network
environments, including those supporting telephony, hand-held
devices, TV set-top boxes attached to cable or satellite systems,
and Internet computers. It is also intended to be used conjunction
with traditional computing systems."
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