all, section 5.7.
5.7. The past: UNIX
trouble adapting to ideas born after it.
Graphics and networking
were poorly added to UNIX.
UNIX was designed for
Plan 9 began in the late 1980's as an attempt to have it both ways:
to build a system that was centrally administered and
cheap modern microcomputers as its computing elements.
The problems with UNIX were too deep to fix,
but some of its ideas could be brought along.
Plan 9 from Bell Labs,
Brian W. Kernighan:
Plan 9 is not UNIX.
If you think of it as UNIX,
you'll often be frustrated because something doesn't exist or works
If you think of it as Plan 9, however,
you'll find that most of it works very smoothly,
and that there are
some truly neat ideas that make things much cleaner than you have seen before.
was developed at
Computer Science Research.
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