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    Getting Plan 9

    Today, I’m going to start setting up the first Plan 9 machine, to be known as

    I happen to have a University’s Internet connection at my disposal, so downloading the CD image was not a bother at all. You can find it here. When you download it, you will find it has been compressed into a bz2 archive.

    Using a Debian Linux workstation, I simply unpacked the bz2 archive using Archive Manager and then burnt it to a CD-R using Brasero. Both of these are included in a “default” installation of Debian Linux.


    So, the idea for stage one is:

    Set up a CPU/Auth/Fileserver and a second CPU server using two IBM ThinkCenters. These will form the base of my network. The fileserver will not only serve 9P, but also CIFS (previously known as Samba or SMB) from a large (2TB) external hard drive containing music and videos.

    Ideas for later:

    • Setting up an intranet
    • Internal mail
    • Booting terminals
    • Blog system (similar to wikifs – need to be written?)
    • BitTorrent server (btfs exists – is it complete?)
    • CardDAV, CalDAV