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LinuxPR: File System Based on Radical New Technology Released For Linux Today

Jun 29, 1999, 18:10 (10 Talkback[s])

"A revolutionary new approach to file system design based on storing everything in a single unified tree was released today."

Namesys released Reiserfs for Gnu/Linux today. It is a revolutionary new approach to file system design which stores not just filenames but the files themselves in a B*-tree. It is a generation ahead of alternatives which use older plain B-tree technology, and cannot store the files themselves in the tree. Reiserfs doesn't suffer from log congestion either, you can effectively use it for quickly creating a 100,000 entry directory, and it is fairly unique in that. Namesys has Ecila, a french internet search engine company, as its primary customer, and they are basing their search engine on the file system, with plans for using reiserfs to create 30,000,000 entry directories of keywords. Reiserfs is GPL'd, with exceptions to the GPL available for sale. You can get a free copy of Reiserfs at their website.

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