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KernelTrap: Why Reiser4 Is Not in the Kernel

Jul 18, 2006, 18:00 (19 Talkback[s])


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"The question of if and when Reiser4 will be merged into the mainline Linux kernel has been an on-going debate for a couple of years. The filesystem was described as being 'fairly stable for average users' by Hans Reiser over two years ago, in March of 2004. It has been merged into Andrew Morton's -mm kernel, though issues such as Reiser4 plugins and coding style caused lengthy discussions last year. Two recent threads on the lkml raised the question again, asking at a non-technical level why Reiser 4 has not been included in the Linux kernel. Some have offered theories that Reiser4 is being blocked for political reasons, others because of concerns that once Reiser4 is included Namesys might forget it and move onto another filesystem. Responses to these theories point out that in reality there are technical issues that must be resolved before the filesystem will be merged, and that much progress has been made toward this end. Additional discussion can be found on a relevant and recently created kernel newbies wiki page..."

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