"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
"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
"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
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