Subject: Re: Quick Q's about 4.4 vs 4.3, fs code
To: None <tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jeff Thieleke <email@example.com>
Date: 05/14/1996 19:39:54
> > > Also, if I ported ext2fs filesystem driver (that's a big if) from FreeBSD,
> > > it would not go in the development tree because it is GPLed, right?
> > Probably, but I'd bet the OpenBSD folks would be interested in it ;-)
> Make no mistake, NetBSD folks are interested in an ext2fs, as well.
> However, for it to go into the tree, the licencing would have to be non-GPL.
> ...now, if you were to make ext2fs an LKM, it would be possible to
> distribute it separately from the rest of the kernel, and we could avoid
> the GPL licencing nightmare. (Yes, some will argue that LKMs should not
> be optional, but IMO, if you want ext2fs, you'll just have to cope with
> LKMs :-)
> ...or, maybe you could talk to the Linux/ext2fs people, and work out some
> sort of cooperation, licencing-wise.
> ...or, you could go into turbo-hacking mode and re-implement the GPL'd
> portions of ext2fs, and place the new code under acceptable licencing.
> This requires more coffee and Thai food than the other options.
> There are all sorts of possiblities. The point is, explore all avenues
> before assuming that "it would not go in the development tree".
Has anyone considered adapting the Lites ext2fs code to NetBSD? If you
believe <http://www.cs.utah.edu/projects/flux/lites/html/ext2fs.html>, it
should be pretty easy. They already claim to have a fsck_ext2fs and
mount_ext2fs that will work on NetBSD as well as FreeBSD.