Questions from a Linux refugee

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Tue Jan 6 14:56:08 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 8:45 AM, Rolf Nielsen <rmg1970swe at> wrote:

> Isn't the issue more about ext4 being GPL licensed than about
> maintaining support for several filesystems?

Not at all.  It's a perfectly reasonable solution to implement ext4 in base
with a BSD implementation, but no one has taken this on yet.   Even if
importing GPLv3 in base wasn't an issue, you can't simply copy the code.
Extensive kernel/VFS and userland changes would need to accompany it.  It's
not a trivial task otherwise it likely would have already been done.
Besides, ext4 is just a poor excuse for SU so what's really the point?  If
you really want to use ext4 then use it natively.  Same problems exist in
the Linux world for it's non-native FS's.


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