Every now and then I’m invited to provide media commentary on an issue regarding technology, particularly when it is to do with (GNU/)Linux or other free and open source software. On this occasion, the questions took a slightly different turn with the news that well-known Linux developer Hans Reiser had been convicted of murdering his wife.
Hans had gained a reputation for his skill in coding as well as his eccentric personality. His sentence raised concerns for the future of the filesystem which he had created, ReiserFS, which many had come to rely upon for both personal and professional use.
iTnews reached out to me to find out the word on the (open source) street. Here’s a quote:
“When it came out in the early 2000’s, ReiserFS was considered a revelation,” said Sydney Linux Users Group president Sridhar Dhanapalan. “But it was never taken seriously outside of desktop users, and never seen as completely ready for server use.”
“When it came to stability and integrity of the data, you just didn’t want to trust a file system like that in cases of servers.”