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
"...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)."