The Ego, the Filesystem and No Mention of Nina

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Follow the logic: Hans Reiser, the popular open source programmer, could have but chose not to readily license his open source filesystem for millions of dollars. Therefore, he did not kill his wife.

That's what defense attorney William DuBois was hoping jurors were left believing Tuesday. DuBois put on the witness stand a former Reiser friend and fellow UC Berkeley student. The witness testified he tried to convince Hans Reiser he could become rich if chose to license the ReiserFS.

"What I was advising what Hans do, if he were to license his software the way Sleepycat software did …it wouldn't have taken too much engineering to adapt a compatibility layer," testified Cimarron Taylor, a computer programmer who befriended the defendant at UC Berkeley in the mid '80s.

"He was in a position to make millions and millions of dollars had he chosen to do so?" DuBois asked.

"I think so."

"Did he agree with you he could sell it for a lot of money?" DuBois asked.

Prosecutor Paul Hora objected: "Relevance."

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Also: Hans Reiser Trial: Feb. 26, 2008

And: Hans Reiser to Testify; Judge Says Sufficient Evidence to 'Sustain a Conviction'