CDDL+GPL and stuff
fry.kun at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 19:36:40 CEST 2007
seventh guardian wrote:
> I've been following this thread and I guess it's time to drop my "50
> cents" (or "mandar a minha posta", as we say here in Portugal).
> The good way (TM) to put ZFS in linux would be to work in a "clean
> room" way. I mean, find someone that can look at the source code and
> document ZFS in detail (the mechanism, not the source code), and then
> find someone that can take the documentation only (never looked at the
> source code) and write a good GPL'ed module.
> You can't be both, since your subconscious would use the same
> algorithms and functions, which could lead to legal embarrassments
> like the linux bcm driver porting to BSD (another story..).
> A good starting point would be to write the documentation yourself and
> then making it publicly available. There wouldn't take long for
> someone to offer himself to write the module.
> The only issue I see here would be the existence of patents regarding
> ZFS (damn, I hate patents..).
Too bad we won't know about the nature of these patents until Sun
comments on them.
Hopefully they're just defensive patents..
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