BTW the same is with Linux and nobody complains.
I personally like this name from the beginning, and it's positively distinctive from EXT[2-4] / [A-Z][A-Z]FS names.
It's a pity this nice FS has low chances to be mainlined. I use reiser3 and would use 4 if it was mainline.
like i said - a name change is just a suggestion.....
File System Design Goals and History
Created by Chris Mason at Oracle, the initial design for Btrfs has its roots in a presentation by Ohad Rodeh about copy-on-write friendly B-tree implementations at the USENIX FAST '07 conference. Mason based the Btrfs design on his experience developing the ReiserFS file system (extent-based storage, packing of small files) and the idea to store data and metadata in B-tree structures. After several months of internal development, Btrfs was presented to the Linux community in June 2007. Since then, Oracle engineers have continued to maintain and advance its development. They work in close collaboration with many contributors from the Linux community, including engineers from Linux distributors, such as Red Hat and SUSE, and other companies, such as Dreamhost, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, and Intel. Today, Btrfs is included in the mainline Linux kernel and is gaining popularity through several Linux distributions, including Oracle Linux.
So yeah. It's a project that has been open source under GPL since 2007; that has been included in mainline Linux kernel since 2009; whose creator has switched companies; that doesn't have contributor license agreements. Oracle couldn't possibly make it closed source even if they wanted not to mention that it would make absolutely no sense for them.Quote:
Chris Mason, the principal author of the Btrfs filesystem, has left Oracle for solid-state enterprise-level storage specialists Fusion-io. While at Fusion-io, which also employs Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist, Mason says he will continue maintaining and developing the advanced Linux filesystem.
To be honest I only use reiserfs for my own personal use.. it is rock solid and i've never had any issues other than the fact that one of the developers is a murdering son-bitch...
to say its a shit filesystem is just wrong - it isn't!! to say i dont want that wife murdering bastards code running on my system is fair enough though
hence my suggestion to change the name and do what the GPL allows us to do...
Unlike openoffice, where libreoffice had to be forked away from Oracle (and was actually a very pleasant forking, if I do say so...), btrfs would NOT have to be forked to remain in Linux.
So if Oracle decides that they no longer want to contribute, btrfs will still be there with contributions from everyone else.