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[3]: Comment by porcel
by pfgbsd on Wed 18th Sep 2013 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by porcel"
pfgbsd
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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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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[5]: Comment by porcel
by pfgbsd on Thu 19th Sep 2013 02:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by porcel"
pfgbsd Member since:
2011-03-12

"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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FUD. The author is not only *not* being sued,, but he claims he received an OK from a FSF lawyer.

There is also the case of SmartOS, which is making money with KVM + iillumos. Bryan Cantrill even gave a talk about it to the KVM devs.

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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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RE[5]: Comment by porcel
by pfgbsd on Thu 19th Sep 2013 16:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by porcel"
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2011-03-12

"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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And in the illumos homepage there is a talk by Bryan Cantrill, who co-authored the CDDL, saying what Denise Cooper said is not true.

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