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Reiser: Guilty. Reiser4 Lives On


Some of us thought, based on the lack of any real evidence in his trial, that Hans Reiser might be innocent of the supposed murder of his wife, Nina Reiser. We were wrong. On July 7th, Reiser led representatives of the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, and Oakland Police to her body.

According to the local CBS affiliate report on Reiser’s revelation, Reiser took authorities to where he had buried her body in the Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills. The area, less than a mile from where Reiser had lived, has been searched in vain by police after Nina Reiser had been reported missing.

CBS reports that Reiser revealed the location of the body in return for a plea agreement. It is speculated that the deal will reduce Reiser’s first-degree murder charge, with its mandatory sentence of 25-years to life to second-degree murder with a sentence of15-years to life.

As for Reiser’s work, the open-source, high-performance file-system Reiser4, the code was last updated in mid-April. Edward Shishkin has taken over as maintainer of the project.

In an April note to the LKML (Linux Kernel Mailing List) Shishkin stated that the reiserfsprogs, reiser4 patches against vanilla kernels and reiser4progs will be kept in a directory. The Userspace utilities for the older ReiserFS and Reiser4 file systems are being kept in separate directories. While Reiser’s crime has removed him from open-source development circles, the development of his file system, for now at least, continue to live on


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