As stated in the overview, the purpose of The Grid is “to provide a platform for collaborative creation and communication. Connected clients can chat, edit a wiki, send auto-opening web links and references to files, upload to a shared ramdisk, and access a read-only version of the root filesystem used by the grid servers, with a library of installed software”.

And yes, the Grid is very much active. As of January(?) 2021, Grid’s chat is powered by 9p.zone.

The Grid aligns very well with Plan 9 ecosystem and is very easy to get up and running, basically all you need is a gridup script. You run it once, it spawns a nested rio with all the grid-related stuff inside: chat, editor, mothra and page. Every time someone wants to send a link (or a file) they just plumb it and everyone can instantly see it in their grid rio. MAGIC. Messages are sent by typing one (or multiple lines) and hitting ctrl+d.

For those willing to maybe just lurk around without having to go through 9front installation process there is an alternative: 9gc. It compiles and runs under any Unix-like OS (including in termux on android).

9grid chat in a nutshell

Last update: February 16, 2021 10:44AM

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