"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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