"A posting on the Open Solaris list suggested that the deal came
apart over licensing, indemnification and support issues, a version
of events apparently confirmed by ZFS chief architect Jeff
"The news has bloggers and pundits wondering what Apple is up
to, perhaps upgrading its own HFS+ architecture or launching other
development efforts, as the company is also seeking a file system
engineer for Mac OS X.
"Some have speculated that Sun's delayed merger with Oracle
could be partly to blame, and legal issues stemming from a patent
dispute with NetApp may also have complicated matters."