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ISSN: 0737-8831

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Reinventing Unix: an introduction to the Plan 9 operating system


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Title:Reinventing Unix: an introduction to the Plan 9 operating system
Author(s):Brian Hancock, (Brian Hancock is the Coordinator of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.)
Citation:Brian Hancock, (2003) "Reinventing Unix: an introduction to the Plan 9 operating system", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 21 Iss: 4, pp.471 - 476
Keywords:Operating systems, Unix
Article type:Technical paper
DOI:10.1108/07378830310509772 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Plan 9 is based on three basic principles: all objects are either files or file systems, communication is over a network, and private namespaces allow their owners to access local and remote processes transparently. Resources are shared using standard, open protocols and consistent reusable interfaces. This type of distributed system is conducive to project collaboration without regard to place. The geographic location of the machines and the communication network are invisible to its users. It is well suited to grid computing.



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