Inferno is answering the current and growing need in the marketplace for distributed computing solutions. Based on more than 20 years of Bell Labs research into operating systems and programming languages, Inferno is poised to propel network computing into the 21st century. Bell Labs will continue to support the evolution of Inferno under a joint development agreement with Vita Nuova. Inferno is an operating system for creating and supporting distributed services. It was originally developed by the Computing Science Research Center of Bell Labs, the R&D arm of Lucent Technologies, and further developed by other groups in Lucent. Inferno was designed specifically as a commercial product, both for licensing in the marketplace and for use within new Lucent offerings. It encapsulates many years of Bell Labs research in operating systems, languages, on-the-fly compilers, graphics, security, networking and portability.