Next Generation of Btrfs Linux Filesystem Nears Prime Time
Aug 27, 2010, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)
"Since at least 2008, the Btrfs Linux filesystem has been talked
about as a next-generation technology one day potentially rivalling
or supplanting the current dominant Linux filesystems.
"According to Chris Mason, founder of the Btrfs effort and now
director of software development at Oracle, Btrfs is today
generally stable and usable even though it's yet to be finalized.
And although he admits the filesystem still has some issues to
overcome as development continues, Mason said he would like to see
Btrfs ultimately replacing existing Linux filesystems like the
popular Ext3 and Ext4 systems that are often the default on
enterprise Linux distributions.
""The reason why we decided to go with a new filesystem instead
of expanding an existing one is we wanted to provide something that
was focused on features that the existing Linux filesystems just
couldn't provide," Mason said during an Oracle-sponsored webcast on
the state of Btrfs, which first landed in the Linux 2.6.29 kernel
and has been improved with each subsequent kernel release."