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ZFS dropped from Snow Leopard over licensing?

updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon October 26, 2009

Sour negotiations may be to blame

Support for ZFS was ultimately dropped from Snow Leopard as a result of licensing issues, claims Jeff Bonwick, a project team leader at Sun. The technology was initially expected to be a highlight of Snow Leopard, for instance providing image-based backups, and eliminating the need for drive partitions. Hints that ZFS had been removed came in June however, and the technology is nowhere to be found in shipping copies of the OS.

Rather than there being any implementation problems, Bonwick suggests that Apple wanted a special license agreement with Sun, which would have granted it technical support and indemnification. The two companies could not reach a decision on terms however, and so ZFS was completely pulled from Snow Leopard. Apple may have been able to devise its own approach, but did not consider it worth it, Bonwick suggests.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Makes sense

    Indemnification? From what? They already shed all liability in the EULA for OS X. And it isn't like HFS+ hasn't had its share of major issues over the years (hence the reason people still give you the "you should keep 10% of your disk space free to avoid problems" line).

    And I wonder how much Sun wanted for 'technical support'?

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Indemnification from Sun's liabilities

    Apple wanted indemnification from any liabilities stemming from Sun's ongoing patent case with NetApp. Get a clue.

  1. sehix

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Clue-ing

    Testy just assumes from the beginning that Apple's going to be at fault.

    For any problem.

    It's his burden to bear, apparently shouldered with enthusiasm.

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