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The State Of The Tux3 File-System

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Published on 29 November 2008 08:56 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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Btrfs has received much of the limelight on Linux when talking about file-systems since it promises to compete with Sun's ZFS file-system and introduce several features not found in the commonly-used EXT3 and EXT4 file-systems. However, work on other Linux file-systems hasn't halted. EXT4 should be stable with the Linux 2.6.28 kernel and work on the Tux3 file-system continues.

We last talked about Tux3 file-system in September and just this past week the project's Daniel Phillips has shared a progress report. Up until recently, work on the Tux3 file-system was done as a Linux FUSE module, but work is well underway in a kernel port for Tux3. For those unfamiliar with this promised file-system, it's a successor to the never-released Tux2 is a write-anywhere, atomic commit, btree-based versioning file-system.

The kernel port of Tux3 was just started by a lone developer two weeks ago and it's nearly working -- it can read files and list files but not yet write anything. A git repository is now available that holds the patches for adding Tux3 support to the Linux kernel. Daniel has also shared other thoughts on the Tux3 file-system and its design in this Linux kernel mailing list message. More information on Tux3 is available from the project's web-site.

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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