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SquashFS Tools 4.3 Brings An LZ4 Compressor, Big Changes

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Published on 14 May 2014 01:56 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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There's finally a user-space tools update for SquashFS, the compressed, read-only file-system used on Linux commonly by Live CD distributions. SquashFS Tools 4.3 is the new release and it comes after three years of development.

SquashFS Tools 4.3 introduces new compression options for the GZIP compressor, a rewritten LZO compressor, a new LZ4 compressor though not yet mainline on the kernel-side, various improvements to mksquashfs, security fixes, and numerous other changes.

Those dealing with SquashFS file-systems directly can learn more about the new tooling update for this open-source read-only file-system via the announcement posted to the Linux kernel mailing list.

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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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