Hans Reiser's arrest for wife's murder has Slashdotters worried over Linux

, posted: 12-Oct-2006 16:17

Good old Slashdot - you can always count on it to find an Open Source angle for anything, no matter how inappropriate it is. This time it's Hans Reiser, who is behind the widely used ReiserFS file system used in many Linux distributions.

Reiser's estranged wife Nina disappeared in September and Hans was arrested on suspicion of murder two days ago. The couple have two young children, and the whole story sounds very tragic. Nina Reiser's body hasn't been found yet, and there's a US$15,000 reward up now.

What do the Slashdotters think about it though? Never mind Nina and the children, they worry about Linux:

While the disappearance (and possible murder) of his wife is tragic, Linux users will wonder where this will leave Reiser 4. If Reiser is found guilty, will Novell or IBM pick up the pieces and finish up Reiser 4 for inclusion in the kernel or is this the end of the Reiser filesystem project? Will there be any future for the Reiser filesystem, and if Hans is found guilty and the project is continued, will the project be renamed to avoid notoriety?"

For goodness sakes... who cares about Linux and Reiser4 in a situation like this?

Update KTVU.com has details of the circumstantial evidence against Hans Reiser that led to his arrest:

According to the Oakland Tribune and KTVU sources, police found splatters of the missing Oakland doctor's blood inside Hans Reiser's home and car. They also discovered several books on police investigations purchased by the Montclair man after the Sept.3 disappearance of Nina Reiser.

There's also a video report from Nina Reiser's boyfriend, Anthony Zografos' press conference.

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