Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 22:04 UTC, submitted by garyd
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ZFS is the world's most advanced filesystem, in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this open community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS, the OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers from these platforms.

ZFS plays a major role in Solaris, of course, but beyond that, has it found other major homes? In fact, now that we're at it, how is Solaris doing anyway?

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RE[7]: Comment by porcel
by pfgbsd on Thu 19th Sep 2013 09:48 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by porcel"
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Regarding SmartOS's use of KVM with the Illumos kernel, since the KVM modules would be linked against the kernel, and more specifically, linked against a public and well documented external API that is provided specifically for third parties to build and distribute kernel modules and drivers (Since Illumos has presumably kept the stable driver interfaces of Solaris), wouldn't it be a non-violation to port GPL kernels to Illumos? It'd be hard to say Illumos is a derived work of KVM if KVM links against public interfaces.

I am pretty sure the port is/was very invasive. It is not really a matter of KVM being a derivative work of Linux or not, KVM itself is GPLd so linking it to a non-free kernel would be a license violation.

OTOH, ZFS is in no way derivative work of the Linux kernel as it originated in another OS and, as you say, the porters are just linking against public interfaces.

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