"The Roundup is not the place to second-guess the jury's
decision, but there is the immediate impact of the the conviction's
effect on ReiserFS, which is still the default filesystem for SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server and Debian GNU/Linux. The filesystem is
also mainlined into the Linux kernel.
"Beyond the typical social aversion that could crop up from
SUSE's parent company Novell and the kernel and Debian communities
for being associated with Reiser's work, the more practical concern
right now is the latest stable version is ReiserFS 3. ReiserFS 4
was just getting started when Nina Reiser went missing (now
presumed killed), and it seems unlikely at this point that it will
be moving forward..."