Go is based on Limbo, not Plan 9. It's like the difference between Awk and Unix. I mention it because Plan 9 was influential is so many other ways. The recent C11 standard has many features which originated (I believe) with Plan 9's C extensions. UTF-8 was first used in Plan 9. Modern /proc, I believe, is descended from Plan 9. And nothing about Plan 9 dictates or even strongly suggests a message-based multi-threaded language design.