Hans Reiser: Once a Linux Visionary, Now Accused of Murder
Jun 26, 2007, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Davis)
"Hans Reiser is waiting for me, standing on the other side of an
imitation-wood table. The room is small, the concrete walls bare. A
guard locks the steel door from the outside. There is no sound.
Reiser is wearing the red jumpsuit of a prisoner in solitary
confinement, though he has been allowed to meet with me in this
chilly visiting room. There was a time when he was known as a
cantankerous but visionary open source programmer. His work was
funded by the government; he was widely credited (and sometimes
reviled) for rethinking the structure of the Linux operating
system. Now he is known as prisoner BFP563.
"I stick out my hand. It's an awkward moment--his wrists are
chained to his waist..."