Network Appliance is suing Sun over patents alleged to cover parts of the ZFS filesystem. The announcement comes from NetApp's founder and Executive VP Dave Hitz's blog
. "This case is especially sensitive, because Sun has released ZFS as open source. It is admirable to contribute to open source. I have done it personally, although it was a long time ago that I was writing code, and NetApp has also contributed as a company. But it doesnt help the open source movement to give away code that is encumbered with someone elses patent rights. The sooner we determine the true status of ZFS, the better it will be for everyone. NetApp certainly doesnt believe that we can somehow erase every copy of ZFS that has been downloaded. (Impossible!) This lawsuit isnt about downloads for personal or non-commercial use; it is about what Sun is doing.
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