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PC Week: SGI goes open source

May 21, 1999, 01:12 (10 Talkback[s])
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"SGI Inc. is set to announce plans to give the Linux community the source code of XFS, its 64-bit Unix file system. Industry watchers say this marks the first time a company the size of SGI has released a major chunk of its software intellectual property to the open source community."

"They are putting their technology where their mouth is," said senior analyst Tony Iams of DH Brown Associates, referring to earlier hints from SGI (SGI) that it would make such a move..."

"A journaled file system is crucial if Linux is to be suitable for large, mission-critical applications such as data warehousing. Journaled file systems speed recovery from system failures because they don't have to scan the file structures for errors and make corrections during the reboot. On a system with hundreds of gigabytes of data, this can take hours. XFS can recover from most unexpected interruptions in less than a second, says SGI."

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