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[2]: Comment by porcel
by ssokolow on Wed 18th Sep 2013 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by porcel"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

The code already has suficient third party contributions that Oracle cannot unilaterally change the license even if they wanted to.

OTOH, if the code could be made GPL that would be great for linux but bad for the filesystem: FreeBSD and probably even illumos would have to fork it for license reasons and the code in the linux tree would rapidly develop linuxisms that would make a central vendor-independent distribution very difficult anyways.

This said, there is nothing legally stopping Linus from importing CDDL'd code, it's just the NIH sindrome.


Got a citation for that? According to Wikipedia, Danese Cooper said at DebConf 2006 that the CDDL was specifically designed to be GPL-incompatible because the Solaris devs didn't want their best work to just get gobbled up by Linux when OpenSolaris was released.

Edited 2013-09-18 18:25 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by porcel
by pfgbsd on Wed 18th Sep 2013 19:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by porcel"
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2011-03-12

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This said, there is nothing legally stopping Linus from importing CDDL'd code, it's just the NIH sindrome.


Got a citation for that? According to Wikipedia, Danese Cooper said at DebConf 2006 that the CDDL was specifically designed to be GPL-incompatible because the Solaris devs didn't want their best work to just get gobbled up by Linux when OpenSolaris was released.
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IANAL but I don't trust Wikipedia on legal stuff either. The subject of mixing GPL and CDDL comes up somewhat regularly on the illumos lists, and it may surprise you but there is already code that does just that: look at cdrecord.

It would also not be the first time that linux brings in some less restricedly licensed code.

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RE[4]: Comment by porcel
by Drumhellar on Wed 18th Sep 2013 23:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by porcel"
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2005-07-12

The subject of mixing GPL and CDDL comes up somewhat regularly on the illumos lists, and it may surprise you but there is already code that does just that: look at cdrecord.


Except that Debian, Fedora, and others, have ditched cdrecord in favor of either cdrkit or libburn over concerns of mixing CDDL and GPL.

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RE[4]: Comment by porcel
by bitwelder on Thu 19th Sep 2013 12:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by porcel"
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2010-04-27

IANAL but I don't trust Wikipedia on legal stuff either

Too bad for you that Wikipedia provides a link to an Ogg Theora recording, where you can actually *listen* Cooper stating what mentioned above.

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