ZFS, OpenSolaris, Nexenta -- eating my words
torriem at chem.byu.edu
Thu Nov 17 23:05:17 MST 2005
Someone recently posted about OpenSolaris and Gnu/Solaris and asked if
any of use would ever be interested in trying it out. At the time I
said no since it didn't offer me anything I didn't already have.
Well, that has suddenly changed with the announcement of Sun's uber-fs,
ZFS . I only have just a small inkling of what ZFS is all about, and
I get the feeling this is really big. Actually huge. This is a major
advancement in free unix distros. In my mind this is as huge as xen is
going to be. When this is stable, I can't see any reason to use any
other LVM/RAID/FS over ZFS. It just simply knocks the socks off of
anything Linux has to offer right now. I hope Linux can adopt this
Anyway, I rarely get excited about developments in Unix or even Linux.
But this one I feel is very major. The ironic thing is Slashdot had a
story about ZFS, but it was only a minor story with only 11 comments.
Slashdotters completely missed this one.
I just might be installing OpenSolaris or Nexenta and building these
beta kernels with ZFS support to see how it works.
Michael Torrie <torriem at chem.byu.edu>
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