Article: Plan 9 from Bell Labs in Cyberspace!

Operating Systems

Plan 9 from Bell Labs in Cyberspace!

Everyone who is anyone in tech is familiar with UNIX, the Bell Labs operating system that revolutionized computing systems by becoming the dominant OS on mainframes, workstations and web servers, and, as the progenitor of Linux, formed the foundation for the internet and cloud infrastructure we know today.

But what many don’t know is the team that created UNIX also developed another operating system in the 1980s. This OS may not be as famous as UNIX, but it has been highly influential in its own ways, spearheading several concepts that are cornerstones of distributed computing systems today. The system in question is the Plan 9 OS from Bell Labs, which, starting this week, will have a new home. More on that later, but first a bit more on the history and defining principles of Plan 9.

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Understanding Urbit

Operating Systems, Software, Web 3.0

Understanding Urbit

We think the internet can’t be saved. The way things are going, MEGACORP will always control our apps and services because we can no longer run them ourselves.

The only way out of this mess is with a completely new platform that’s owned and controlled by its users.

Urbit is a new OS and peer-to-peer network that’s simple by design, built to last forever, and 100% owned by its users. Under the hood, Urbit is a clean-slate software stack compact enough that an individual developer can understand and control it completely.

We built this new stack to give people a single integrated tool for communicating and building communities – a tool they can trust, control, and extend to their liking. We want to do away with the terrible user experience of the current ‘frankenstack’ of apps and services that we all use today.

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