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posted by mattie_p on Friday February 14 2014, @04:04PM   Printer-friendly
from the free-as-in-speech dept.

cculpepper from the forums writes: "Back in the 1980s, Bell Labs decided to make a successor to UNIX called Plan 9. Plan 9 was primarily developed to be simple and to facilitate an environment for grid computing on geographically separated computers. While Plan 9 was open-sourced in 2000, it was released under the Lucent Public License, which was seen as less than ideal by people in the GNU community. The University of California, Berkley has been recently authorized to release Plan 9 under the GNU Public License version 2, a license shared by the Linux kernel, as well as various other projects."

mechanicjay adds: "Plan 9 remains available under a modified LPL (Lucent Public Licence). What sort of difficulties might be had with a dual-licencing scheme?"

Betteridge would suggest the answer to this question might be "None."

 
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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by omoc on Friday February 14 2014, @05:31PM

    by omoc (39) on Friday February 14 2014, @05:31PM (#81)
    Other than the 9P filesystem I assume Plan 9 is pretty much dead
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  • (Score: 1) by mattie_p on Friday February 14 2014, @05:40PM

    by mattie_p (13) on Friday February 14 2014, @05:40PM (#83) Journal
    Apparently. I had two submissions for this, one here and one on the forum. So at least two people care about it.
  • (Score: 1) by mechanicjay on Friday February 14 2014, @06:37PM

    by mechanicjay (7) <reversethis-{gro ... a} {yajcinahcem}> on Friday February 14 2014, @06:37PM (#89) Homepage Journal
    I mean, Plan 9 itself is perhaps of less interest than the overall topic of "Alternative Operating Systems". There's some neat stuff out there, either legacy or just niche which is always worth talking about.
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  • (Score: 1) by sgleysti on Saturday February 15 2014, @04:05AM

    by sgleysti (56) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 15 2014, @04:05AM (#132)
    Plan 9 seemed to be ahead of its time. Some really neat concepts inside of it.

    (posting mainly to test the site)

    • (Score: 1) by Blackmoore on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:09PM

      by Blackmoore (57) on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:09PM (#155) Journal
      ANd this is a test too. I thought that movie was awful.
      • (Score: 1) by sgleysti on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:26PM

        by sgleysti (56) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:26PM (#158)
        ...awful in all of the best ways?
        • (Score: 1) by Blackmoore on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:55PM

          by Blackmoore (57) on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:55PM (#159) Journal
          Well. yes if you like that kind of stupid. Beast of yucca flats was worse
  • (Score: 1) by stroucki on Monday February 17 2014, @06:02AM

    by stroucki (108) on Monday February 17 2014, @06:02AM (#432)

    Don't forget venti, their backup system. That's cool stuff.