Announcing 9vx

Russ Cox announced in 9fans 9vx, a port of the Plan 9 kernel to run as a user space process on *nix systems (including OS X, and a win32 port is apparently feasible) using the vx32 sandboxing framework he developed with Bryan Ford at MIT.

It can execute unmodified Plan 9 i386 binaries, and includes all the standard file servers like networking, graphics and audio.

It is still experimental, and people have reported some issues with the OS X version, but seems to work fairly well under Linux.

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Update: Andrey Mirtchovski reports that using the -F flag so 9vx doesn’t fork into the background solves the issues with OS X (a proper fix will come soon).


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