Linux filesystem developer Hans Reiser revealed the location of his wife's body to law enforcement officials yesterday. Reiser, who is a well-known figure in the open source software community, was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife, Nina Reiser, in a trial that concluded in April. [...]
Following the jury's guilty verdict, Reiser began negotiating with prosecutors, who have agreed to reduce his sentence in exchange for the location of Nina Reiser's body. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Reiser confessed to strangling her to death and led law enforcement officials to a corpse that was buried in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, a mile from Reiser's house. [...]
The disclosure of the corpse's location puts an end to the rather sordid saga of Nina Reiser's untimely death. Meanwhile, Hans Reiser's filesystem, which was once widely used on the Linux platform, is rapidly fading into obscurity. The last few distributions that used ReiserFS 2 by default have moved on to the more common Ext3 filesystem for various technical reasons, and Reiser was unable to secure approval for streamlining the new version of his filesystem into the Linux kernel prior to his arrest.
ReiserFS is an open source software project and can be continued by other contributors even though its creator will soon be incarcerated and his company, called Namesys, has collapsed. Our postmortem analysis of the ReiserFS mailing list, however, seems to indicate that the project is already beginning to fall apart. Ongoing development has been relocated to kernel.org, but the effort could be doomed to bitrot because developers don't seem particularly interested in taking a stab at maintaining the code. Reiser's chief legacyâ€”his filesystem and the large body of research he has contributed to filesystem theoryâ€”could be forgotten because of general lack of interest in keeping it alive.
The article has a brief synopsis of the drama so far if anybody is interested. I only quoted the relevant parts