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    On a related note, there used to be a customized Inferno distribution that was just acme + a few bits called acme-sac – a single binary that ran acme on Inferno on fullscreen. I loved that I could run Inferno as my OS and use it as my daily editor with the ability to mount remote filesystems, see current processes in the editor and such (a sort of Emacs on steroids).

    Unfortunately, the project seems to have stalled.

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      I suspect the biggest reason Plan 9 never really went anywhere is that they use websites like this: ones totally lacking in any kind of ‘why you should be interested in this and what it actually means’ paragraph at the top. By no means am I suggesting that the layout of the website is a problem, or that it doesn’t use enough fancy Javascript. No, the problem is that it lacks any kind of content.

      Something has been released. ‘Run from zone’ sounds interesting, is it similar to jails/containers? Or is it some kind of ‘run from across a network’ thing, which I might expect from Plan 9? How am I to know? I go to the website, and it looks like it’s essentially just a git shortlog.

      Every time I look at anything Plan 9 related it’s always similar. There’s detail, but there’s often no context, no justification for why it exists. I know why Plan 9 exists, it’s a research operating system, but I don’t know what ‘from from zone’ is, or why I’m supposed to be interested in it, or why anyone would be interested in it.

      I clicked on the PDF, and opened it up, and it appears to just be a FAQ about Plan 9.

      Would it really hurt to write a paragraph about what is actually being released, what it constitutes, what it means, what it is, why it’s interesting, why it’s relevant?

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        Would it really hurt to write a paragraph about what is actually being released, what it constitutes, what it means, what it is, why it’s interesting, why it’s relevant?

        Do you mean something like this?

        But then again, it’s 9front, they’re part of a esoteric, “elitist” movement, around cat-v, suckless and co. not that interested in convincing the wider public to use Plan 9 systems.

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          I suspect the biggest reason Plan 9 never really went anywhere is that they use websites like this: ones totally lacking in any kind of ‘why you should be interested in this and what it actually means’ paragraph at the top.

          I doubt this was the reason Plan 9 never went anywhere.

          • The first public release of Plan 9 is contemporaneous with early versions of Netscape.
          • There were and still are heaps of informative pages about Plan 9. Might I suggest le wik?

          I don’t even think the Linux kernel has ever met this quality bar you’ve set.

          I know why Plan 9 exists, it’s a research operating system

          Well, it was a research operating system. It has been productised several times. e.g. Inferno

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            “Run from zone!” is the name of the release/version, not a particular feature. You can scroll down to see what’s new in this version. The FAQ (FQA) has a snarky elevator pitch about the OS and why you might consider using it.