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A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

Posted Sep 2, 2010 9:11 UTC (Thu) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
Parent article: A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

Good article - however, presumably this project must be considered subject to future restrictions or litigation by Oracle, as with the closing of OpenSolaris and the Java patent lawsuit against Android.


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A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

Posted Sep 3, 2010 16:42 UTC (Fri) by mrjk (subscriber, #48482) [Link]

This is GPL'd code released under that license by Oracle. What do you think they could do? They can't assert patent rights due to their own release.

A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

Posted Sep 3, 2010 21:38 UTC (Fri) by Tomasu (subscriber, #39889) [Link]

Tell that to SCO.

A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

Posted Sep 6, 2010 1:40 UTC (Mon) by njs (guest, #40338) [Link]

SCO never tried to assert patent rights to anything.

And what they *did* try to assert just ended up with them laughed out of court and bankrupt; if there was a strategy there, it was a mixture of wild optimism and cynical conmanship. What would Oracle gain from that sort of nonsense?

A look inside the OCFS2 filesystem

Posted Sep 13, 2010 16:15 UTC (Mon) by topher (guest, #2223) [Link]

Oracle's recent behavior has served as an excellent reminder that they are a purely profit driven corporation with no ethics or qualms about screwing over competitors, or the community, if they feel it is in their best interest.

However, in this specific case, I don't think there's a concern. Oracle pushed hard to get OCFS2 into the mainline Linux kernel, and have benefited from it being there. OCFS2 is the recommended file system for Oracle RAC installations, and that is unlikely to change in the future.

I wouldn't recommend turning my back on Oracle, but as long as they can gain more from OCFS2 being freely available and unencumbered than they can otherwise, I expect it'll remain that way. And having seen what they charge for Oracle RAC licensing, they're making money on OCFS2, indirectly, quite well.


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