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ZFS On Linux Is Now Set For "Wide Scale Deployment"

Linux Kernel

Published on 29 March 2013 10:25 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The Sun/Oracle ZFS file-system port to the Linux kernel has now been deemed ready with its new release as "ready for wide scale deployment on everything from desktops to super computers." Will you use ZFS On Linux?

The ZFS On Linux project is the native port of the file-system as a Linux kernel module along with related Solaris bits to make the port work in the Linux world. This isn't the ZFS FUSE implementation running in user-space. However, due to ZFS still being under the CDDL that's incompatible with the GPL and no re-licensing by Oracle, there still stands very little chance of seeing the ZFS file-system enter the mainline Linux kernel code-base anytime soon.

The ZFS On Linux work is lead by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and other developers. The developers feel "ZoL" is now ready for wide-scale deployment after it's been in use by "real users" for the past two years. They noted this when announcing the ZFS On Linux 0.6.1 release this week.

ZFS On Linux 0.6.1 changes include Linux 3.9 kernel compatibility, a new snapdev property, improved slab object reclaim behavior, a disk cache flushing fix, hot spare functionality fix, updated DKMS and KMOD packaging, new man pages, and much more.

More details on ZFS On Linux 0.6.1 can be found via the Google Groups announcement.

New benchmarks of ZFS On Linux compared to other Linux file-systems will likely come soon. The last time at Phoronix we did extensive ZFS Linux benchmarks was last summer with ZFS On Linux With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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