Convicted murderer, filesystem creator writes of regrets to Linux list Ars Technica

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  • It's not often you see somebody apologize for killing their wife, explain their coding decisions around balanced trees versus extensible hashing, and suggest that elementary schools offer the same kinds of emotional intelligence curriculum that they've worked through in prison, in a software mailing list..
  • His analogy at the time, Reiser wrote, was Adam Smith's ideas of how roads, waterways, and free trade affected civilization development; ReiserFS' ideas could similarly change "the expressive power of the operating system.".
  • It's quite a document.What follows is a relative summary of Reiser's letter, dated November 26, 2023, which we first saw on the Phoronix blog, and which, by all appearances, is authentic (or would otherwise be an epic bit of minutely detailed fraud for no particular reason)..
  • The man I am now would stat his papers … crediting them for being faster than the filesystems of other operating systems, and thanking them for the years we used their filesystem to write ours.".
  • "Then Reiser addresses the kernel mailing list directly—very directly:I was asked by a kind Fredrick Brennan for my comments that I might offer on the discussion of removing ReiserFS V3 from the kernel..
  • He also asks, if he has time, Brennan might send him information on "Reiser5, or any interesting papers on other Filesystems, compression (especially Deep Learning based compression), etc..
Enlarge/ A portion of the cover letter attached to Hans Reisers response to Fredrick Brennans prompt about his filesystems obsolescence.94With the ReiserFS recently considered obsolete and sla [+4120 chars]

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