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  • darshin
    started a topic Zfs for mainstream linux finally!

    Zfs for mainstream linux finally!

    As we all know, ZFS is by far the best file system.

    People have workarounds and solutions which are kind of 2nd tone replacements to work on Linux, but either ways, all these solutions are not really good replacements as they either are not stable enough or lack some of the salient features of ZFS.

    KQ has ported ZFS to Linux and was a much awaited release since January 2010.

    We are releasing the closed beta in last week of August/first week of september and are looking for closed beta customers who can test it for free on some environments.

    Mail me at darshin@kqinfotech.com to register.

    Feel free to put forward any questions as well.



    Kind Regards,

    Darshin

  • darshin
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    Hi Everyone,

    Many thanks for your contribution, support and patience. We had an overwhelming response to the closed beta for ZFS port on Linux. The reviews of the closed beta have been very promising and a big thank you to all the people / companies who have been involved in testing the closed beta and submitting their feedback and comments.

    We had mentioned earlier that once we have enough reviews about the closed beta, we would be making the ZFS port on Linux beta an open beta for everyone. So here we go folks! THE BETA IS PUBLIC AND OPEN FOR EVERYONE NOW! Please login to http://zfs.kqinfotech.com and register to download. No more waiting for approvals from our team.

    However, I would like to get a regular feedback from you all, once you start testing the beta. Your feedback and bug reports would be very important as we now inch closer to the GA Release which is scheduled for December. Please feel free to contact me at *darshin@kqinfotech.com

    Cheers,
    Darshin

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  • darshin
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    Originally posted by marakaid View Post
    What are the read and write speeds in your raidz2? tell the number of disks and models too, please.
    The Beta is available to test. Logon to zfs.kqinfotech.com and register for it.

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  • marakaid
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    Originally posted by tokyovigillante View Post

    I've been running a ZFS-FUSE RAIDZ2 for some time on my Ubuntu server, and it's been rock-solid.
    What are the read and write speeds in your raidz2? tell the number of disks and models too, please.

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  • kernelOfTruth
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    Originally posted by tokyovigillante View Post
    True, but the effort to get either a ZFS-FUSE or native ZFS pool running on Linux is similar to that required to run BTRFS currently. Sure, FUSE is slower, but reliability is more important to me than performance for the kind of data I'm using ZFS for.
    not really: for me it has the same speed like btrfs or ext4, you only need to "donate" some big amount RAM (e.g. 1-2 GiB) of it to really see nice results (you could also do it with 128 MB given to it but under my impression it's better if more is in cache) - it's highly threaded so the more cores or threads your CPU can handle the better

    besides that:

    - there's fuse splice-support in newer kernels now (afaik zfs-fuse doesn't support it yet - so people might want to help to get that to work)
    - a parallel (pcrypt) version of the crypto-stuff is in the kernel for those who aren't fortunate to own an CPU with AES hardware-acceleration
    - zfs-fuse has gained much speed since 0.6.9
    - ...

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  • tokyovigillante
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    Originally posted by movieman View Post
    Looks like there is a zfs-fuse package, maybe I'll try it sometime.
    zpool create <poolname> /dev/<disk>.

    Admin is pretty straightforward. You can add vdevs (ie add disks) to a pool once created (eg for JBOD), but raid configurations can't be changed once the pool exists, although drives in a RAIDZ can be replaced with larger ones.

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  • movieman
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    Looks like there is a zfs-fuse package, maybe I'll try it sometime.

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  • movieman
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    Originally posted by tokyovigillante View Post
    True, but the effort to get either a ZFS-FUSE or native ZFS pool running on Linux is similar to that required to run BTRFS currently.
    For btrfs, in Ubuntu I just type 'mkfs.btrfs /dev/whatever' and mount the partition.

    I've no idea whether there's even any kind of zfs support I could install, let alone how to set it up?

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  • tokyovigillante
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    Originally posted by movieman View Post
    I haven't really noticed a bias myself, but there's just not much point getting enthusiastic about a filesystem that isn't included in the most common Unix-like OS on the planet.

    I suspect most of us would run ZFS if it was an option, but it's not. Sure, there's the FUSE port, but from what I've read the performance sucks and it's probably nowhere near as robust as a native kernel implementation.

    Personally I was going to build an OpenSolaris server at home just because of ZFS, but now that Oracle's taken over Sun I don't want to get stuck with an operating system that they suddenly stop supporting.
    True, but the effort to get either a ZFS-FUSE or native ZFS pool running on Linux is similar to that required to run BTRFS currently. Sure, FUSE is slower, but reliability is more important to me than performance for the kind of data I'm using ZFS for.

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  • movieman
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    Originally posted by tokyovigillante View Post
    There seems to be a real BTRFS bias among the Phoronix writers. I guess this is a Linux forum after all, but ZFS is currently a superior filesystem.
    I haven't really noticed a bias myself, but there's just not much point getting enthusiastic about a filesystem that isn't included in the most common Unix-like OS on the planet.

    I suspect most of us would run ZFS if it was an option, but it's not. Sure, there's the FUSE port, but from what I've read the performance sucks and it's probably nowhere near as robust as a native kernel implementation.

    Personally I was going to build an OpenSolaris server at home just because of ZFS, but now that Oracle's taken over Sun I don't want to get stuck with an operating system that they suddenly stop supporting.

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