Subject: Re: JFS
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/24/2003 12:51:01
On Mon, Feb 24, 2003 at 09:29:34AM -0800, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> 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. :-)

Indeed.  SGI have repeatedly and quite specifically stated that they will
not release XFS under a non-GPL open source license for exactly this reason.