Bell Labs has decided the time is right to transfer copyright of Plan 9, the not-Unix OS it created in the 1980s.
Now a unit of Nokia, Bell Labs’ announcement of the shift offers a brief history of the OS.
“Starting in the late 1980s, a group led by Rob Pike and UNIX co-creators Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie developed Plan 9,” wrote Marcus Weldon, corporate CTO and president at Nokia Bell Labs. “Their motivation was two-fold: to build an operating system that would fit an increasingly distributed world, and to do so in a clean and elegant manner. The plan was not to build directly on the Unix foundation but to implement a new design from scratch.”