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Effects of the Reiser Trial

Apr 29, 2008, 18:45 (14 Talkback[s])

Between the Lines: ReiserFS: The Open Source File System Fallout

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"While Namesys' ReiserFS, of which Hans Reiser was the primary programmer and lead designer was not the pre-dominant journaled file system used on Linux systems, it was praised for its stability and performance, and was and still is the default file system on the second most popular enterprise Linux distribution, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). ReiserFS was also included in the 'upstream' Linux kernel maintained by Linus Torvalds because it shares the same license, GPL version 2. ReiserFS is also popular on Debian-based systems as well.

"SuSE and Debian use ReiserFS version 3, a stable and proven version of the code that has been sitting mostly fallow for some time, and is maintained with bugfixes on a best effort basis..."

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Practical Technology: Was Reiser Really Found Guilty of Being a Hacker?

"I don't know if Hans Reiser, creator of the well-regarded, open-source ReiserFS (Reiser File System), is actually guilty of the murder of his estranged wife, Nina Reiser. We can't actually even be sure that Nina Reiser was murdered. Her body was never found and Reiser's attorney argued that she may have returned to her native Russia...

"I don't see it. I've just gone over the case's history as recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle and other sites. I could see the jury finding him guilty of manslaughter. I can buy them agreeing on a lesser charge of murder, but first degree? But, finding him guilty of first degree murder, with nothing but circumstantial evidence, and not even very strong circumstantial evidence at that? That surprised me..."

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