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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."

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