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Re: Please pay attention to RedHat 7.x, other stable linux kernels (2.4)

To: Joshua Baker-LePain <jlb17@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Please pay attention to RedHat 7.x, other stable linux kernels (2.4) please ;p
From: Jean Francois Martinez <jfm2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 18 Feb 2003 18:17:31 +0100
Cc: John Haverty <zeio@xxxxxxxxxxx>, linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On Tue, 2003-02-18 at 13:55, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Feb 2003 at 1:57am, John Haverty wrote
> > Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> > >The XFS code is freely available - port it to FreeBSD if you think it's 
> > >worth the effort.  I doubt my employer (SGI) is interested in wasting it's 
> > >time for something like that
> > >(note that this is not an official statement,
> > >just an educated guess)
> > 
> > FreeBSD, waste of time? Hardly. FreeBSD is, for example, the basis for 
> > JunOS, a military grade piece of iron that runs the best routers on earth, 
> > so I hardly think of FreeBSD as a waste. Plus, FreeBSD is a meritocracy, 
> > well documented, coherent. One who works for a real unix vendor, such as 
> > SGI->Irix, should have an appreciation of FreeBSD. It's fine wine in the 
> > sour world of Linux. ;p
> I think you misunderstand the original sentiment.  SGI would probably 
> consider it a waste of their time (= money) to port XFS to an OS in which 
> they have no financial interest.  They have products based on Linux, and 
> thus XFS on Linux can make them money.  XFS on FreeBSD won't, thus no 
> port.  They *are* a profit seeking company, after all.
> Regarding your initial question, it's easy enough to rpmbuild the official 
> 1.2 SRPMs on a 7.x box.  That's what I'm doing here.

And there is another point: since AFAIK they would have to change the
licence in order to get XFS into *BSD  that would mean it would allow
their competitors to include it in their OSses.  With GPL Sun and others
cannot take it unless they are willing to GPLed their own OS.


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