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GNU/Linux is a popular free operating system in use today. GNU/Linux strives to be strictly compliant with POSIX standards, and is thus tied down with several requirements and thereby ceases to be innovative as far as operating system design is concerned. Plan 9 from Bell Labs, on the other hand, was designed to be a from-scratch successor to UNIX. The Plan 9 operating system offers several new features that are both useful and efﬁcient in today’s era of personal computing: synthetic ﬁle systems, the “everything is a ﬁle” concept, per-process namespaces and a fresh look at graphics and text editors are just a few. The Plan 9 kernel, however, is relatively new and thus supports only a bare minimum of hardware. That is one of the reasons of its unpopularity. The Linux kernel on the other hand has had years of development behind it, and enjoys the support of several hardware components and developers alike. This project aims to combine the Plan 9 user-space with the Linux kernel, to offer today’s developer an exciting environment combining the best features of both the worlds. Glendix will be licensed under the MIT License.