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 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.