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Re: Bug#861263: debian-installer: zfs support

On Fri, 2017-05-05 at 14:26 +0100, Sam Kuper wrote:
> On Wed, 2017-04-26 at 19:51:23 +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > On Wed, 2017-04-26 at 18:20 +0200, Timo Haas wrote:
> > > Dear Maintainer,
> > > 
> > > do you plan to support zfs as root filesystem in the installer?
> > 
> > ZFS binaries are not distributable due to the licence conflict, so this
> > is unlikely to happen.
> If the Debian Installer were instead to ship with, or to download at
> runtime, the ZFS on Linux source code, would that be acceptable from a
> licensing standpoint?

I imagine this would be acceptable (though not in the default
installer, which only uses and installs packages from main).


> If so, then if the user were to instruct the Installer to use ZFS for
> some or all partitions, the Installer would (download and) compile and
> run the ZFS code appropriately.
> Please correct me if I am mistaken about this being viable in principle.
> Please CC me if you do so, as I am not subscribed to the mailing list.
Ben Hutchings
The program is absolutely right; therefore, the computer must be wrong.

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