Plan 9 is not the most elegant design of OSes, but its simple ways of combing primitives are pretty amazing. Simplicity is underappreciated nowadays.
Would you mind saying why? It isn't unstable or anything, just unfamiliar, in that you can't write C programs on it. But people do use it in production.
I run it as my primary development environment, but what I do is pretty specific, 99.9% people need something else out of their development systems.
With inferno they went the VM route (the dis VM) and built it so that it runs on myriad platforms, from Unix and ActiveX. It still runs on hardware though. The intension was that you can run a network of hosted and native inferno installations, making it easier to adopt. Unfortunately, inferno saw no widespread adoption either.
The underlying filesystem concept is basically the same (the latest version of 9p and Styx are identical), but the programming environment changed a lot (you write limbo to run on dis). Also the user space programs were rewritten and get overhauled a bit. The community never get divergent enough though; inferno people tend to identify themselves as part of the plan 9 community.
Does anyone from Plan 9/Inferno work on the Android team at all?
be sure to click to the repository, it has an overview of the 26 steps (so far) to get to the point where it is now.
also congrats to the author for getting to this stage, with steady improvements.
I have high hopes for this, though, since Inferno is a lot of fun to tinker with.
Rhetorical question is rhetorical.
Furthermore, it's backed by an SD card, so it's not as if any OS you choose completely monopolizes the platform. You don't need to choose just one when dealing with it.
If your Raspberry Pi is your only computer, then yeah, maybe this isn't for you, it does clearly say beta release on the page.
The beauty of the Pi is the fact you can have a variety of SD cards with different OS/Configurations and easily swap between them and play with them.
It is a very cheap educational tool. I have 4 of them, and they also make great network storage tools. Add a HDD, the transmission software and you can easily download TV shows and stream them to you 1080p TV for example. £27 in the UK, absolute bargain.