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Btrfs, Squashfs, and Tuz, oh my!

Mar 26, 2009, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"The official Linux mascot, Tux, is taking a vacation while its Australian cousin, Tuz (pictured above), fills in for awhile, reports Torvalds. The temporary mascot switcheroo was made to raise awareness (and money) for the cause of saving the endangered Tasmanian devil. In addition to the usual problems, such as loss of habitat, the marsupials are suffering from a cancer called devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). Tuz, the Australian version of Tux, was a hit at last year's linux.conf.au conference in Australia, which was attended by Torvalds.

"Some 13 weeks in development, and featuring eight pre-release versions, Linux 2.6.29 offers a wide variety of changes from everything from WiFi management to filesystems. Torvalds notes that the release is "nothing really exciting," yet if nothing else, it heralds the debut of a development-stage version of what could be the filesystem of the future. Developed by Chris Mason, Brtfs is said to offer better fault tolerance, while providing easier administration, than Ext, which it should eventually replace."

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