What do to about BitKeeper and the Linux Kernel (was: BitKeeper licence critic)

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at dekkers.cx
Sat Mar 9 00:30:52 UTC 2002

On Sat, Mar 09, 2002 at 12:03:56AM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> Jeroen Dekkers <jeroen at dekkers.cx> wrote:
> > I know a lot of things Linux doesn't support and the Hurd
> > does. Running your own ext2 server as a normal user, ftp in the
> > filesystem, etc. ;-))
> If you mean using ftp as a filesystem, then there are multiple ways to
> accomplish that at Linux kernel module level.  Please promote Hurd and not
> bash Linux, especially if you don't know Linux that well.

I'm not really bashing linux, I'm more bashing all monolithic kernels,
Linux being among them. Of course you can accomplish that at the
kernel module level, however there are a lot of issues.

What happens when the ftp client code crashes? Your whole systems goes
down, because it's in kernel-space. That's the reason why only an user
with special permissions can use ftpfs.

In the Hurd, it lives in user-space, nothing happens when the ftpfs
server crashes apart from disappearing. Any user can run ftpfs, you
don't need special permission.

Jeroen Dekkers
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