Re: Please add ZFS support (from GPL sources)

From: Kevin Winchester
Date: Mon Jul 21 2008 - 10:40:51 EST

(Added back CCs)

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM, Fred . <eldmannen@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 1:39 PM, Kevin Winchester
> <kjwinchester@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 4:28 AM, Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 09:35:45AM -0300, Kevin Winchester wrote:
>>>> If Fred declines, is anyone free to take you up on the offer? I have
>>>> no filesystem experience and almost no experience with kernel code in
>>>> general, so I would not be anyone's first choice for a task like this.
>>>> However, since it mainly appears to be an integration exercise (using
>>>> the code from GRUB and making it work in linux), it might well be
>>>> doable for me. As a bonus, being highly inexperienced, I have no
>>>> expectations of doing anything correctly, and thus would not react
>>>> badly to lots of criticism.
>>>> So to summarize - if anyone else would like to undertake this work,
>>>> they probably should. But if no one has the time/will, then I would
>>>> be happy to give it a try.
>>> Yes, this offer is of course up to everyone interested. But it's not
>>> purely an integration effort in the traditional sense, the grub
>>> filesystem interface is quite different from the Linux one, and the code
>>> structure and style is quite different. But if you're willing to learn
>>> it should be very interesting.
>> No one else seems to have volunteered, so I would certainly like to
>> give it a try. I guess I need to get the ZFS grub code, create a ZFS
>> filesystem, and start looking around for information on linux
>> filesystem development and ZFS (obviously without looking at any CDDL
>> licensed code).
>> Once I get a handle on that, I'll see where I can get before I need to
>> ask a thousand questions.
> Code can be found here;
> *
> But it may be covered by patents by Sun. So maybe not allowed make an
> implementation. :(
> Maybe you should consult SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) first or something.

I would have no idea of the legal implications here. Do I really need
to get the lawyers involved just to use GPLv2 code from another
project in linux?

Kevin Winchester
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