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AW: fsfs-format7 integration plan

From: Markus Schaber <m.schaber_at_codesys.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:59:38 +0000


Von: Ben Reser [mailto:ben_at_reser.org]
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 5:07 AM, Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > As noted on IRC earlier, we just deprecated BDB so that we wouldn't
> > have to continue supporting multiple backends. But it seems you have
> > just created a third/new backend.
> I think that's an incorrect assertion about why we deprecated BDB.
> The goal was not to have one backend it was to get rid of BDB. Some reasons
> were:
> 1) BDB is not being actively improved so FSFS is surpassing it.
> 2) BDB support requires an extra dependency which requires extra effort on
> our part to install and test with.

I want to add another reason:
3) BDB changes licenses at will, and none of them is on the list of "good"
Licenses according to http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#category-a

AFAICS, the drop of neon just removed the only other dependency with a
"critical" license.

I'm not a license zealot, but the mix of different commercial-only and copyleft
licenses in the dependencies of a free software which is clearly non-copylefted
(and proud of it) is ugly, at least. :-)

> There is no conflict in my opinion to creating another backend provided it is
> being actively improved. I pretty much expect us to replace FSFS with
> something new at some point and have some overlap there again. It might even
> be another DB based backend that has some dependencies.

Best regards

Markus Schaber

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