future of xfs, oss.sgi.com after sgi purchased?
sandeen at sandeen.net
Wed Apr 15 23:41:27 CDT 2009
Linda A. Walsh wrote:
> Not one to beat about the bush, but curious from a practical sense,
> If sgi is being bought by another company, is there any idea about the plans
> for the xfs file system or the source code on 'oss.sgi.com'?
> I'm _guessing_ that there is some interest in users and developers to keep xfs
> alive after the 'sgi' moniker is purchased, but that begs the question about the
> new company wanting to support the old 'sgi.com' websites including
> Is there a danger of oss.sgi.com suddenly being yanked offline with little to no
> warning, such that community members should start keeping up-to-date, or is it
> already mirrored? I'm assuming that the current source code repository only
> exists on oss.sgi.com? Should it be mirrored on some other external open-source
> site? sourceforge? google? mozilla?
While I doubt that oss.sgi.com would abruptly vanish, there are
nonetheless already git repos on kernel.org, which are sometimes even
ahead of what's on oss.sgi.com ... xfs.org has a lot of content as well.
Mailing list archives exist at various other sites.
There are also ftp mirrors around, though I think that's less important.
> Is completely worthless to discuss new, desired features in some of the utils?
> Will it be possible to support the xfs codebase if its development no longer
> becomes necessary to sgi (or its parent company)?
If you look at commit logs or carefully read the mailing list over the
last 6 months or so, I think you'll find that xfs maintenance and
development is not wholly dependent on contributions from sgi employees.
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