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Re: [zfs-discuss] ZFS ... open source moving forward?

Subject: Re: [zfs-discuss] ZFS ... open source moving forward?
From: "Linder, Doug"
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:05:03 -0500
> > We won't know until after Oracle releases Solaris 11 whether or not
> > they'll live up to their promise to open the source to ZFSv31. ÂUntil
> > Solaris 11 is released, there's really not much point in debating it.
> And if they don't, it will be Sad, both in terms of useful code not
> being available to a wide community to review and amend, as in terms
> of Oracle not really getting the point about open source development.

That's how I feel - it will just be sad if they don't.  There's no point 
arguing or bickering or guessing.  They either will, or they won't, do the 
right thing.  All we can do is hope.  It would be a real shame if Oracle  
didn't simply open source the code.  It's not as if there are any trade secrets 
left - the technology is well known.  After all, Sun published the guts and 
they can't put the genie back in the lamp.  So the principles of ZFS can be 
duplicated.  But it sure would be nice if they spared everyone a lot of effort 
and annoyance and just GPL'd ZFS.  I think the goodwill generated would 
definitely offset any minor losses.  I know that, as a person who's been a 
Solaris admin for almost 20 years and not generally a big fan of Oracle, it 
would certainly go a long way towards starting our new, enforced relationship 
off on a better foot.

I have to say that given Oracle's track record I don't expect it.  I fully 
expect them to lock it up as tight and proprietary as possible and charge 
everyone as much as they can, because what's important is The Last Penny On 
Earth.  But I'm hoping I'm wrong and being overly pessimistic.

Doug Linder
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