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Testing Out Btrfs In Ubuntu 10.10

Jun 24, 2010, 14:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"Yesterday we reported that Ubuntu 10.10 gained Btrfs installation support and since then we have been trying out this Btrfs support in Ubuntu "Maverick Meerkat" and have a fresh set of Btrfs benchmarks to serve up.

"While it's been reported that Btrfs may be the default file-system in Ubuntu 10.10, so far this is not the case and chances are it will not be until Ubuntu 11.04 (or even Ubuntu 11.10) that it will replace EXT4 as the default file-system. The Btrfs file-system has been supported within Ubuntu for as long as it's been in the mainline Linux kernel, but with Ubuntu 10.10 there is finally support within Ubuntu's installer for setting up the root file-system as Btrfs (right now though you need a separate, non-Btrfs /boot file-system). Fedora was the first major Linux distribution offering this functionality but since then MeeGo has pulled in the support and has even used this Oracle-sponsored file-system as their default. Btrfs has also being utilized by openSUSE.

"As of right now the Btrfs file-system support is not found within Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer found on the LiveCD, but you must be using Ubuntu's alternate CD with the Debian text installer to find the Btrfs file-system support when manually partitioning the disk. Hopefully within the Ubuntu Maverick development cycle we will still find manual Btrfs installation support via Ubiquity."

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