Re: plan9-style tools, was Re: reading mail

  • From: "kim kubik" <chaotrope@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "Serge Gagnon" <gagnon__s@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <wilyfans@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 06:12:16 -0700

----- Original Message -----
From: Serge Gagnon <gagnon__s@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: plan9-style tools

> On Thu, 16 May 2002 21:22:18 -0400
> ozan s yigit <oz@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > > What other plan9-style tools are there for X?  There seems to be
> > > description available.
> > there is some stuff. from freebsd:
> >

My memory is that the FreeBSD "ports" collection has
a specific entry for the complete set of P9-On-Unix
ported programs - something I attribute to the BSD
folks greater awareness of what is happening in
computer science research as opposed to trying to
make a Windows look-alike on top of Linux.

Also, for those poor souls who must, due to the
unfortunate necessity of having to earn a living
by using the computer system dictate by your
employer (i.e. Windows) the Bell Labs have put
up over 50 of the more useful utilities and the
sam text editor (even if you use Wily/acme, sam
is a great way to learn Structural Regular
Exprssions; the O'Reilly book on REs claims Larry
Wall, with Perl 5, "discovered" what is essentially
SREs, which shows the unfortunate trend of O'Reilly
seeming to rush things out a bit) and the rc shell at:

which is the "I have read and accept the terms..."
entry point into a list of plan9 software (perl,
python, TeX, an rdbms) and ALSO '9pm' "a Windows
port of Sam and other 2cnd Plan 9 Tools and fonts
(2.5mb zip file).

And if you want the real thing, Inferno for Windows
can be had for $25 (the absolute best bargain around)
which includes the latest version of acme (with Edit)
and sh, an rc-style shell (you run wm/wm to get the
window system up after emu and on a dual-head Win98
system acme can extend across 2096x768 pixels so
EVERYTHING is right there, run 'win' in one acme
window, the editor on its own monitor, then put sam
behind them for when it's needed and you're flying...
and the CD includes a Unix version of Inferno as well.

 - kim

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