Why Plan9 is relevant today
By rvs on Jul 28, 2006
I just can't resist to publish the following two writeups on why Plan 9 is as relevant today as ever. It comes from Skip Tavakkolian and it was originally posted to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who are still not convinced here's a link to the project of Microsoft + Whirlpool where they connect two most unlikely gadgets together. I'm sure it is painful to do under Windows. And I know how easy it is under Plan 9. Enjoy!
The future is now. how many digital gizmos does a person have? mobile phone, ipod, digital camera, pots phone. throw in a pda, a laptop and a desktop and there it is. what's the killer app for plan9? the vector is toward distributed access to resources. 9grid is extending the sharing to process space. we're betting on our shared name space system. apps for collaboration are another area of possibility; checkout VN's solutions based on inferno. plan9 doesn't need to be "in your face" to be useful. the way we're using plan9, it is transparent to the end user. the amount of success is directly related to the amount of money behind the os or platform. linux offered real savings on acquisition and maintenance over windows; windows' success was in providing a common platform for "productivity" applications, that had positive returns on investment to the user and revenue to the app developer - the largest being ms itself. once a killer app is created that shows a clear advantage for using plan9 over other os, it will be adopted. availability of p9p means that app developers can take advantage of the model, while still satisfying any dictated requirements for a more known os; this is likely to be the case early in the adoption curve, despite the fact that plan9 is much easier to learn and maintain than other os