Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hey, what do you know. Linux might gain another filesystem, this time from Tru64 (called AdvFS). HP just released the source code under the GPL2 license, specificly to allow integration with the Linux kernel. Chances are big it will be merged. When that happens Linux must be the OS which supports the most filesystems, and including some high-end solutions from previous Unix's like JFS and XFS.
I never had any experience with this filesystem, but from reading the short description on Wikipedia it has some resemblance with ZFS. It's nice to see HP do something like this, it's been a while since the last time they did something big for Linux or Open Source in general.

Somewhat related, The Linux Foundation released an official statement today against closed-source drivers being released for the Linux kernel. I couldn't agree more with this, ofcourse sometimes as a user there is no other choice (which I regret). For example, at work we use Cisco-vpn and it requires a kernel module to allow connections when using Linux. Same for the wireless, where some brain dead Odyssey client is used, although a Linux version is available (closed source) I refuse to install it and just make sure a cable connection is available when I need network connectivity.

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