Glenda is the evil creation of Renee French for the purposes of total and utter world domination as part of the Plan 9 from Bell Labs. –

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.        — Albert Einstein

rc was a startup script from very early times in Unix, shortened, as Ken was wont to do, from runcom, the nearest thing CTSS had to a shell it could run up to six prespecified commands in background. The name runcom came to be applied to the scripts as well as to their interpreter. — Doug McIlroy

List:       9fans
Subject:    Re: [9fans] g++
From:       Rob Pike <rob () mightycheese ! com>
Date:       2003-09-16 5:41:35
Message-ID: 6F2B7C62-E808-11D7-B45E-000A95B984D8 () mightycheese ! com
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> This is an interesting point. Plan 9 esthetics are really nice. colors,
> fonts, and so on just "look good". Who did all that?

glad you like it.  really glad.  most people say something rude about 

i can take no credit for the fonts except for having the good luck to 
chuck bigelow and kris holmes well enough to ask them to do a deal with
bell labs and let us use their fonts.  the postscript fonts used in the 
which are related to the screen fonts (primarily those used in acme), 
the first font designed specifically for unicode.  i also rather like 
the screen
fonts, which were also maybe the first.

the clean appearance of the screen comes mostly from laziness, but the
color scheme is (obviously) deliberate. the intent was to build on an
observation by edward tufte that the human system likes nature and 
is full of pale colors, so something you're going to look at all day 
might best
serve if it were also in relaxing shades.  renee french helped me with 
specifics of the color scheme (she's a professional illustrator and my 
vision is suspect), once i'd figured out how i wanted it to look.  
there are
still some features of the color system that i put in that i think no 
one has
ever noticed.  that's a good thing, in my opinion; the colors should 
away, if you'll pardon the expression.

having used other systems with different approaches to color screens,
most especially windows XP (extra pukey), i think tufte was right.


The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making. — E. W. Dijkstra