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Open source identity: Linux founder Linus Torvalds

Jan 23, 2009, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rodney Gedda)

"To some degree Btrfs does what ZFS does. Some uni ran ZFS as a module in Linux so using it with Linux can be done. The biggest thing Sun did with ZFS is they were good with PR and marketing. There are other projects that wanted to do what ZFS does on Linux. Sun started finding the NetApp patents as the NetApp patents kept people from doing things they wanted to do. I hope ZFS clears the patents issue.

"A few years ago you were forced to change revision control systems for Linux development and Git was born. Now Git has a groundswell of support, just like Linux. How is the Git project going?

"I want all my code to be open source, but I will use the best tool for the job and BitKeeper was the best tool and at the time the alternatives sucked so bad they were shit. When the alternatives are so bad I will take proprietary code. Proprietary was a downside, but what choice did I have? Hey, I usually do my presentation slides in PowerPoint."

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