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What would be wrong with MS porting btrfs to Windows?

What would be wrong with MS porting btrfs to Windows?

Posted Sep 22, 2011 12:29 UTC (Thu) by NRArnot (subscriber, #3033)
In reply to: SmartOS: virtualization with ZFS and KVM by kragilkragil2
Parent article: SmartOS: virtualization with ZFS and KVM

What would be the difference between a port of btrfs to Windows and the port of (say) Ghostscript to Windows? Lots of open-source projects do have Windows ports these days.

The difference I can see is that a filesystem operates down at the kernel level, and Microsoft would have to prove that they had not turned Windows into a derivation of btrfs. But if Windows booted from FAT or NTFS and then loaded a btrfs module from its boot partition, without any btrfs code or derived code being compiled into Windows, then why not? (Obviously, they'd have to comply with the GPL and offer the source of their btrfs module).

Whether that's do-able, I have no idea. Windows source is secret, btrfs source I haven't read. Related - there's the Linux network module which encapsulates and executes an NDIS driver written for Windows under Linux. A kluge, but no legal challenges that I've heard of.

In passing, I'd love to see a port of Linux LVM to Windows - probably less of a technical challenge, though I'd guess only MS could do it and MS probably has many reasons not to.


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