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.”

A Different Kind of Interview / Sridhar Dhanapalan by Sridhar Dhanapalan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.
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