Posted by Doomshammer on Thursday, October 25. 2007 at 11:00 in Computer, English only, Linux/Unix, Thoughts, Web
As you might have read in blogs or on newssites, NetApp sued SUN, as they are infringing patents of NetApp (at least, this is what NetApp is saying). Now NetApp pushed SUN to unfree the ZFS filesystem and to only sell it with some properitary storages. This is of course a big slap into the face of the open source community and against all users of ZFS (including the whole FreeBSD community, who ported ZFS to their OS).
Now Jonathan writes in this blog (as usual his blog entry has a sassy URL again ), that SUN is not going to agree with NetApps allowances and that they'll use their patents to defend and protect their innovations and the open source community. From my sight, a very nice move of SUN as it's good to know, that the open source community has a big player in their rows.
I personally hope that this battle can be fought without lawsuits and that both sides can find a solution that it good for either.