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InfoWorld: SGI to offer key piece of OS to Linux community

May 20, 1999, 18:54 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Linux received yet another important boost Thursday, when SGI offered a key piece of its Irix OS to the open-source community. The software piece, SGI's journal file system known as XFS, will, if implemented, enhance a Linux-based system's capability to recover fast after a crash and to handle very large files."

"The announcement, which took place at the Linux Expo in Raleigh, N.C., was made for Linux vendors. So far, there are 24 flavors of Linux, none of which currently offer a journal file system, as opposed to all of the Unix vendors and Microsoft, which do.

"According to analysts, the software is crucial for Linux in order to enter the corporate world, where reliability and 24-hour service are required."

"Now it is up to each Linux vendor whether XFS will be incorporated in the OS. The decision depends heavily on an informal evaluation..."

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