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Linux "Today the ZFS on Linux project reached an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release! Over two years of use by real users has convinced us ZoL is ready for wide scale deployment on everything from desktops to super computers."
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saso
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I disagree, especially since Oracle is one very interesting party. There is an unquestionable legal incompatibility between the GPL and the CDDL, not a political one, so Linux with ZFS can't be distributed, and that is a fact.

The incompatibility arises from GPL's insistence that all derived work must be GPL. The CDDL prohibits removal of the license, hence the deadlock. Please note, that here the "GPL" party is the one that's wronged, not the CDDL one, so Oracle would have no standing to sue. It's the rest of the Linux copyright owners that would have to do that.

Now take a guess, what do you think the odds are that some Linux code author is going to sue, say, Debian for distributing ZFS inside of Linux? We're not talking distributing some closed-source evil baby-eating binary blob (ahem-nVidia-ahem). We're still talking copyleft open-source, but simply a different one.

That's what I mean that it's a political, or rather, a perception issue. If people aren't suing Ubuntu for shipping the closed-source nVidia driver, they're not going to sue simply because they dared to ship a piece of code that's under a different open-source copyleft license.

Look, from where I'm standing, I couldn't care less. The longer Linux holds off integrating technologies such as ZFS and DTrace, the more users flock to OpenSolaris-derived and FreeBSD systems. Then we get crazy half-functional duplicates (Btrfs, SystemTap) popping up simply because some religious nut couldn't get it through their thick skull that as long as the license grants them the same freedoms, it really doesn't matter whether the letters on the file header say "CDDL" or "GPL".

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