[TUHS] Transfer of Plan 9 to the Plan 9 Foundation

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Tue Mar 23 23:17:04 AEST 2021

FYI, folks.


> Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 06:06:49 -0700
> From: a at 9srv.net
> To: 9fans at 9fans.net
> Subject: [9fans] Transfer of Plan 9 to the Plan 9 Foundation
> We are thrilled to announce that Nokia has transferred the copyright of
> Plan 9 to the Plan 9 Foundation. This transfer applies to all of the
> Plan 9 from Bell Labs code, from the earliest days through their final
> release.
> The most exciting immediate effect of this is that the Plan 9 Foundation
> is making the historical 1st through 4th editions of Plan 9 available
> under the terms of the MIT license. These are the releases as they
> existed at the time, with minimal changes to reflect the above.
> 1st and 2nd edition were never released as open source software, and
> both (but especially 1st edition) were only available to a very small
> number of people. 3rd and 4th were previously available as open source,
> but under a license which was problematic for some people (especially
> the 3rd edition). We think making these available under the MIT license
> is something that's going to be a significant benefit for all projects
> using Plan 9 code. While this doesn't automatically change the license
> on any downstream projects, and you're welcome to keep using the LPL if
> you like, you now have the option of switching to MIT, which we think
> most everyone will find preferable.
> Obviously, for folks in the Plan 9 community, there isn't a way to say
> "thank you" to Bell Labs, and its various parent organizations, that's
> really adequate. None of us would be talking about any of this if it
> weren't for the work done there for decades. All of us here at the Plan
> 9 Foundation express our sincerest thanks to the team at Nokia who made
> this possible, the Plan 9 alumni who supported the effort, and the Plan
> 9 community who have kept kernels booting and the userland useful.
> The historical releases are available right now at:
>         https://p9f.org/dl/
> You can read Nokia's press release on the transfer here:
>         https://www.bell-labs.com/institute/blog/plan-9-bell-labs-cyberspace/
> Thank you for your time,
> Anthony Sorace
> Plan 9 Foundation
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