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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 legacy—his filesystem and the large body of research he has contributed to filesystem theory—could be forgotten because of general lack of interest in keeping it alive.
Source [Ars Technica]

The article has a brief synopsis of the drama so far if anybody is interested. I only quoted the relevant parts
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One of the interesting things about this case is the fact that he killed his wife (he claims) because she had a mental condition called Munchausen by proxy, where you make your kids sick/harm them so you can take them to the hospital. It's a type of compulsion - very hard to treat and not uncommonly, the child, or even some cases, multiple children can die from some of the things that the parent does to them.
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One of the interesting things about this case is the fact that he killed his wife (he claims) because she had a mental condition called Munchausen by proxy, where you make your kids sick/harm them so you can take them to the hospital. It's a type of compulsion - very hard to treat and not uncommonly, the child, or even some cases, multiple children can die from some of the things that the parent does to them.
Alleged mental disorders do not justify murder.


Wired magazine interviewed him last year... it was interesting. His Geek Defense didn't work.
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I'm not condoning, it's just a strange motive, obviously he should have sought help for her.
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I hate to be the "this isn't news" guy...but this isn't software news. Just because this guy had something to do with software, doesn't mean this article does...same goes for all the real life violence caused by video games articles.
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There is some dude over at the Phoronix forums that's crazy about this stuff. Anyway, The last Reiser incarnation is fast and rather efficient, but really unstable compared to others. There is (or was) a big fight over Reiser4's inclusion in the kernel, with Hans and his supporters claiming political reasons and crying conspiracy, while Linus and his gang claiming technical difficulties. Either way, reiser4 was never that popular, and now with the conviction and desintigration of Namesys, I doubt it will be more than a hobbyist toy.
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Crazy, I saw this article in the newspaper, but it said nothing about him being a software developer.

I do recall that condition(of the wife) and have seen video of it before and yeh, if he knew about it, it would have been so easy to get her treatment, unless he was afraid he would lose his children if he brought it up.

I guarantee he will still work on his stuff in prison.
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Crazy, I saw this article in the newspaper, but it said nothing about him being a software developer.

I do recall that condition(of the wife) and have seen video of it before and yeh, if he knew about it, it would have been so easy to get her treatment, unless he was afraid he would lose his children if he brought it up.

I guarantee he will still work on his stuff in prison.
It will be even harder still, since not only the kernel people are against him, but also several of the larger distros. His fight was always an uphill one, and now with nearly zero support and behind bars, I don't see him getting anywhere.
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