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Re: XFS...Windows?

To: Yuji Saeki <yuji1@xxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: XFS...Windows?
From: Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:39:37 -0600
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On 12/8/13, 5:24 PM, Yuji Saeki wrote:
> Congratulations on your file system, it’s quite nice. I’ve
> benchmarked it myself, it’s very impressive. I’m curious though, is
> there are thought to a Windows driver? If someone ported the most
> current-stable version to Windows (free) under the same license ‘GNU
> Lesser General Public License’ with entire credit to XFS

XFS isn't under the LGPL, it's GPL, as is the rest of the kernel code,
and the license terms should be quite clear.

> would SGI
> be okay with that? A ‘no-warranty implied’ (etc) kind of protection
> of course. Quite a few devs that I work with enjoy the XFS filesystem
> and we dev in both Linux and Windows. We’re very interested in making
> this happen with respect to the XFS project.

I'm not a lawyer, but it's not really an issue of opinion - it's a legal
matter.  If you can port XFS to Windows while maintaining the terms
of the license agreements on both ends, you're free to do so.

The technical difficulty of such a task is another matter as well.  :)

-Eric

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