Recently, I received a call from client about FTP server not working. Basically, someone was trying to
access networked file system mounts such as cifs and nfs via ftp. This is bad idea and it will result into problems because it is not supported by many applications (I’m not talking about cluster file system here). There are many issues with this kind of weird setup:
+ Permission problem
+ I/O Problem
+ Performance issue etc
Some FTP server do offer work around but I don’t recommend exporting networked file system via another file system.
Bottom line, don’t mix networked file system with each other.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds, in an interview being made public by the Linux Foundation Tuesday, stressed that version 2 of the GPL (GNU General Public License) still makes the most sense for the Linux kernel over the newer GPL version 3. Among GPL 3 highlights are protections against patent infringement lawsuits and provisions for license compatibility. Torvalds acknowledged he had spoken out against GPL 3 before it was released. He had opposed digital rights management provisions in early-2006, calling them burdensome.
On patent trolls, he says:
Yeah, they’re kind of like the tourists that you can’t bomb because there’s nothing there to bomb. There are just these individuals that don’t have anything to lose. That breaks the whole cold war model and seems to be one of the reasons that even big companies are now starting to realize that patents and software are a really bad idea.
The in-depth discussion has been split into two parts; the first segment is available today at Linux foundation blog. The next installment will be available in two weeks. Transcripts are also available on the LF website.
=> You can listen to complete conversations podcast here. If you’d rather read a transcript, you can find it here. (via Yahoo news – Image credit Wikipedia Linus article)