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OpenZFS Launches To Promote Open-Source ZFS

Free Software

Published on 17 September 2013 01:17 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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OpenZFS has outed themselves today as the "truly open-source successor to the ZFS project", the popular and highly-advanced file-system designed for Solaris during the Sun Microsystems days. OpenZFS is designed to promote the file-system on various operating systems and for allowing developers and stakeholders to better collaborate over open-source ZFS activities.

OpenZFS isn't some magical new code-base today but is an organization founded by FreeBSD, OS X, and Linux developers who have been working on ZFS file-system support either through FreeBSD's support, the Illumous source tree, or the ZFS On Linux project, etc. OpenZFS is the new community around all of these related open-source ZFS projects.

Also engaged with this community project is Matt Ahrens, one of the two original ZFS file-system developers at Sun that since left the company.

More details on the OpenZFS project can be found from their announcement today. Hopefully this will propel the growth of ZFS on Linux, but it's still not likely to go too far without upstream acceptance due to GPL incompatibilities and other frights from Oracle. Regardless, our latest ZFS Linux benchmarks against EXT4 and Btrfs can be found from just a few weeks ago using ZFS On Linux.

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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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