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People often ask where the names Plan 9, Inferno and Vita Nuova originated.

Many of the names — Inferno, Limbo, Styx and Dis — are obviously of classical origin. One of the authors happened to be reading Dante's Divine Comedy when designing the system.

The company name Vita Nuova continues the association with Dante: his first work, a book of poetry about his childhood sweetheart Beatrice, was called La Vita Nuova. The literal translation of Vita Nuova is ``New Life'' which in the circumstances is surprisingly prophetic.

Plan 9 is named after the famous Ed Wood movie Plan 9 from Outer Space. There are no other connections except that the striking artwork for the products is a retro, 60's Sci-Fi image modelled on the Plan 9 movie poster.