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 for Plan 9
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Plan 9
   n.
  
      In the late 1980s, researchers at Bell Labs (especially Rob Pike of
      Kernighan & Pike fame) got bored with the limitations of UNIX and decided
      to reimplement the entire system. The result was called Plan 9 in ?the Bell
      Labs tradition of selecting names that make marketeers wince.? The
      developers also wished to pay homage to the famous film, ?Plan 9 From Outer
      Space?, considered by some to be the worst movie ever made. The source is
      available for download under open-source terms. The developers and a small
      fan base hang out at comp.os.plan9, where one can occasionally hear ?If you
      want UNIX, you know where to find it?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Plan 9
  
      (Named after the classically bad,
     exceptionally low-budget SF film "Plan 9 from Outer Space") An
     operating system developed at Bell Labs by many
     researchers previously intimately involved with Unix.
  
     Plan 9 is superficially Unix-like but features far finer
     control over the name-space (on a per-process basis) and is
     inherently distributed and scalable.
  
     Plan 9 is divided according to service functions.  CPU
     servers concentrate computing power into large
     multiprocessors; file servers provide repositories for
     storage and terminals give each user of the system a dedicated
     computer with bitmap screen and mouse on which to run a
     window system.  The sharing of computing and file storage
     services provides a sense of community for a group of
     programmers, amortises costs and centralises and hence
     simplifies management and administration.
  
     The pieces communicate by a single protocol, built above a
     reliable data transport layer offered by an appropriate
     network, that defines each service as a rooted tree of files.
     Even for services not usually considered as files, the unified
     design permits some simplification.  Each process has a local
     file name space that contains attachments to all services the
     process is using and thereby to the files in those services.
     One of the most important jobs of a terminal is to support its
     user's customised view of the entire system as represented by
     the services visible in the name space.
  
     http://plan9.bell-labs.com/plan9dist/)">(http://plan9.bell-labs.com/plan9dist/).
  
     (2005-02-15)
  

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