Subject: Re: JFS
To: Ken Seefried <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/24/2003 09:29:34
On Wed, 19 Feb 2003, Ken Seefried wrote:

> > Besids all that speculation: (Linux) JFS, reiserfs and (Linux) XFS are
> > GPLed (?). We would need a rerelease of the FS code under a BSD license.
> > Somthing that may never happen.
> >
> I suspect that you could approach the JFS or XFS teams and look to negotiate
> a dual license.  They come from the proprietary world; they'll understand.

I don't know if that's likely. One of the advantages of the GPL in this
case is that IBM and SGI can let Linux users use the file system, but keep
their competitors from shoving the file system into their closed-source
products. Like Windows XP. :-)

One of the reasons we don't have HFS support is that the main Linux hfs
module (when I worked on it) was GPLd. The author defered to one of the
main contributors as to whether or not to release a BSD license version,
and that contributor (a small software house) didn't want to specifically
because they wanted to keep Microsoft away from it.

Take care,