Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Reiser's software work suffering after his arrest

Filed under
Reiser

Before he was arrested in connection with his wife's disappearance, Hans Reiser had gained a reputation as an innovative but controversial figure in the software development world.

An article posted on the technology news site Slashdot.org last week elicited more than 1,500 comments that mixed speculation about his role in his wife's disappearance with hand-wringing about the future of his popular software.

While the reaction may seem surprising, it speaks to Reiser and the recognition of his company — Namesys — in the "free and open source" community, a group of programmers dedicated to developing software free for anyone to use and improve.

Within the small community, Reiser's arrest has created a furor comparable to the arrest of a mid-size company's chief executive officer on murder charges, says Bruce Byfield, whose coverage of Reiser and the open source software community appears on the news sites NewsForge and Slashdot.

"Some say Reiser's a genius, some say his (software) doesn't work," Byfield said about Reiser's reputation.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Firefox OS media-casting stick strikes Kickstarter gold

The first Firefox OS based media player has arrived on Kickstarter, in the form of a $25 open-spec HDMI stick that supports Chromecast-like content casting. The Matchstick, which has already zoomed past its Kickstarter campaign’s $100,000 funding goal, with 28 days still remaining, was teased back in June by Mozilla developer evangelist Christian Heilmann. The unnamed prototype was billed as an open source HDMI stick that runs Mozilla’s Linux-based Firefox OS and offers casting capabilities. Few details were revealed at the time except that the device used the same DIAL (DIscovery And Launch) media-casting protocol created by Netflix and popularized by Google’s Chromecast. Read more

Open source history, present day, and licensing

Looking at open source softwares particularly, this is a fact that is probably useful to you if you are thinking about business models, many people don't care about it anymore. We talk about FOSS, Free and Open Source Software, but if we really are strict there's a difference between free software and open source software. On the left, I have free software which most typically is GPL software. Software where the license insures freedom. It gives freedoms to you as a user, but it also requires that the freedoms are maintained. On the right-hand side, you have open source software which is open for all, but it also allows you to close it. So here we come back to the famous clause of the GPL license, the reciprocity requirement which says, "If I am open, you need to be open." So software that comes under the GPL license carries with it something that other people call a virus. I call it a blessing because I think it's great if all software becomes open. Read more

Leftovers: Software

Proprietary

today's howtos