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running Plan 9

running Plan 9

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I also had a quick look

 

I also had a quick look into Plan9 by installing and running it in QEmu.

As far as I remember I had some problems using the GUI, I found the usability somehow a little weird. Anyway, I didn't plan to use it much, so I also didn't look around a lot. I guess you just have to get used to it.
The concepts behind Plan9 seem to be pretty interesting though. As far as I remember more or less everything is implemented as some sort of server.

I also don't find this

I also don't find this interface pretty and may not maybe even understand the joy of all that is beneath it, but we gotta have an open mind. There must be something in there, surely enough for it not to be called "junk". Eye

Cheers

people who care more about

people who care more about the innards of an OS than you, perhaps. What I know about Plan 9 is that it uses the UNIX concepts, but doesn't make excuses - which may be very vague.

LOL. Who would ever use

LOL. Who would ever use this junk?

It looks like an old Xerox SPARC workstation OS from the 1980s.

supermike wrote:

LOL. Who would ever use this junk?

It looks like an old Xerox SPARC workstation OS from the 1980s.

That response is the same as a windows user calling the linux console "DOS".

If you look at the way plan9 is built (no nonsense, keep it simple, everything is a file, everything on remote computers can be used as if it's part of the local computer), and then look at Linux/BSD/MacOS (dozens of different IPC mechanisms, only some things are files and userspaces filesystems were added only recently through an ugly hack, the difference between local and remote computers is always very visible), I think it's clear which really is the junk.

Using plan9 feels quite similar to using the commandline: there is no eyecandy to distract you from your work. In my opinion you shouldn't judge the plan9 user interface as if it's a GUI. It's more like a text interface with clever mouse bindings, and support for graphics.