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Roundup: Reiser Trial Opens; Future of Reiser4 Uncertain

Nov 07, 2007, 13:45 (3 Talkback[s])


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Wired: Prosecutor: Linux Engineer Reiser Abused Son, Murdered Wife

"Hans Reiser, the popular open-source Linux engineer, traumatized his 5-year-old son with violent video games and horror movies, prosecutor Paul Hora told jurors in the opening of Reiser's murder trial.

"Reiser, wearing a dark suit at the defendant's table, became agitated as the prosecutor recounted to jurors those child-abuse accusations that his wife, Nina, made in divorce court three years ago. All the while, Reiser kept peppering his lawyer with questions whispered into his ear, and the lawyer at one point slumped his forehead to the table during the first hours of trial that is expected to see dozens of witnesses and last several weeks..."

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Wired: Rift Brewing Between Linux Engineer Reiser, His Attorney as First Day of Murder Trial Ends

"As Linux engineer Hans Reiser's murder trial ended its first day here Tuesday, the rift between the defendant and his attorney appeared to be fracturing even more.

"William DuBois, who is Reiser's chief defense attorney, was clearly agitated by his client as proceedings finished up about 4:30 p.m. Pacific. 'My client was once again interrupting me,' DuBois told Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman, who was listening to DuBois' motion in a bid to exclude evidence from jurors..."

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LinuxWorld: Linux Guru's Life, and Life's Work, Hang in Balance

"Reiser created a Linux file system called ReiserFS, which in the mid-1990s was important for Linux. The first version of it, known as Reiser3, is part of the core Linux kernel. But since his arrest, work on the file system has been all but abandoned, and the successor to ReiserFS, Reiser4, has only a slim chance of survival in the community, said Jonathan Corbet, a well-known Linux expert and founder of LWN.net, a Linux Web news site that has been covering the OS and open-source software community for nearly 10 years.

"In an e-mail, Corbet said that despite 'years of effort,' Reiser4 has still not made it into the Linux kernel and the future of the technology does not look good..."

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