LWN: Journaling ReiserFilesystem for SuSE LinuxJan 07, 2000, 16:26 (0 Talkback[s])
"The "second extended filesystem" (ext2) has been established in Linux for many years now as the standard file system. It is robust, well-tested and mature. However, if the computer is not shut down properly and the file system not cleanly closed down, then the next time the computer starts it must check the consistency of data structures in the file system, to prevent possible data loss...."
"The technical solution to this problem is the "Journaling Filesystem". Here, with the help of a journal, every change to the data structures of the file system is carefully protocolled, and this very journal is written to the hard drive _BEFORE_ any possible modifications to the actual data are made...."
"In close cooperation with SuSE, the developers' group under Hans Reiser and Chris Mason have expanded the high-performance ReiserFS with a corresponding Journaling functionality. The result for SuSE Linux 6.3 is now ready to be downloaded...."