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InfoLinux: Interview With Hans Reiser

May 23, 2001, 23:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Haryanto)

Mr. Reiser is fairly candid in this interview, in which he defends the inclusion of ReiserFS in the 2.4 kernel, denounces "herd instinct" for determining the popularity of some distributions, and mentions the interesting upcoming feature of "plug-ins" for ReiserFS that will handle compression and encryption.

"...So if their standard for ReiserFS inclusion was applied to every other kernel contribution where would we be today? The average person really doesn't want to patch his kernel. Maybe you and I do, but most people don't. There is very little disincentive for including additional file systems.

Linus put us in, and he is really a very reasonable fellow. Our competitors (yes, it is quite silly of them to think that they are competitors, but they really seem to do so and so here we are) really don't like it, and it is so sad that they are going into this control freaking jealousy stuff. I developed for Linux not BSD because BSD had these sorts of inner clicques (and also that Linux shipped a fully free OS first)."

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