Explore the Uncharted Frontier
Build the Future with Plan 9
Come learn Plan 9 with us and help us build the future of operating systems.
For the last thirty years, the computer landscape has been dominated by UNIX-like clones. But all that is about to change for the free software community thanks to Plan 9.
Help Change Computing Forever
Plan 9 was created by the original UNIX team from Bell Labs, the same all-star team that invented Unix and the C language. Its contributors included Rob Pike, Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, and Bjarne Stroustrup.
Plan 9 Innovations
Plan 9 follows the UNIX philosophy more than UNIX itself:
- It takes the simple idea that every interface should be a file and extends that to everything: the keyboard, mouse, sound card, windowing system, and network resources.
- It creates a unique name space for each process so that each process sees a unique file system.
Plan 9 is a distributed services operating system designed with the global internet in mind. Its elegant design will make it possible to easily set up clusters and grids of servers in a way never before possible with Unix-like clones.
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- Network services using protocols like ssh, ftp, and email simply appear as files on your filesystem. This removes the need for special client interfaces.
- A new windowing system that is completely integrated with the system, with its own file interface, that is independent and easier to code for than X11 and Wayland.
- Chroots have been replaced with unique per-process namespacing
- Berkeley sockets and ioctls have been replaced with /net file system
Free 4-Week Plan 9 VPS
IRCNow is offering a FREE Plan 9 VPS. We want to train explorers so we can write our own free and open operating system.
Now is your chance to make a lasting impact on technology, to work on a project that will influence free software operating systems for the next twenty years. Join our team today to work on Plan 9 development!
Plan 9 Innovations Adopted by Linux
- UTF-8 was first invented in Plan 9!
- procfs was first invented in Plan 9!
- Union filesystems were first invented in Plan 9!
- The rio windowing system (mouse chording)
- How to set up your own nameserver and how to purchase a custom domain
- How to compile software on Plan 9
How to Apply
- If you're new to Plan 9, create a free plan 9 account? and finish the 9-101 tutorial.
- Join us over on IRC on one of our servers on #plan9
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get verified using any one method below:
- Find a mutual friend who can refer you to IRCNow staff, OR
- Contribute 5 articles, OR
- Share a code project you've worked on, OR
- Share a personal social media/website/blog you write for
At the end of the four free weeks course, you can: