ZFS in MacOS X Snow Leopard

It's official!

Cheers to Noel, Don, Bertrand, and all the great folks at Apple.

Now when can I get this in Time Capsule?  :-)

Comments:

But is that server only? No mention of ZFS on the straight Snow Leopard page.

Posted by Dick Davies on June 09, 2008 at 08:52 PM PDT #

Hola Jeff,
would it be great if Sun and Apple would together on ONE OS like OS 11 (XI) ;-).

Posted by Fabian on June 09, 2008 at 09:13 PM PDT #

That's all well and dandy but when will we have an update regarding Torvalds?

Posted by thommym on June 09, 2008 at 09:18 PM PDT #

Note: "All features on this page are subject to change"

Don't count your chickens before they hatch ;-)

Great news, it's nice to see the ecosystem around ZFS growing so quickly. I do wonder what you and Linus were chatting about though...

Posted by Che Kristo on June 09, 2008 at 09:18 PM PDT #

Che Kristo: That's just the usual legalese disclaimer. Once changes have been acknowledged publicly by Apple, they are unlikely to change. It's the same as the disclaimer on Jonathan Schwartz' blog, I guess. Contrast this to rumors, leaks and statements in confidentiality of current plans by Apple engineers; they are much less reliable. By comparison, a reasonably high level Apple manager once stated on a private mailing list that they planned to use and include RPM in 10.5, but the plans were scrapped. Marketing statements are more likely to reflect mature plans and decision, and Apple seldom backs away from them, with 64-bit Carbon as the most notable exception.

Given that ZFS read-only was included in the client version of Leopard, I suspect that the core support will be there in both versions of Snow Leopard; the big question is whether it the GUI tools will be included in client versions, included but disabled (and easily enabled via a hack, like Journaled HFS+ was in 10.2.8) or completely absent. I hope they include it; ZFS really is quite useful.

Another important question, though, is whether root volume support is there, and perhaps, shrinking of pools as well?

Still, my PowerPC eMac probably won't be supported, so my interest in it is mostly academic, for now :)

Posted by Dan Villiom Podlaski Christiansen on June 09, 2008 at 11:18 PM PDT #

Finally we can enjoy ZFS in our Mac laptops! :)

Posted by Marc Cluet on June 10, 2008 at 06:06 PM PDT #

@thommym :
Ditto, I am dieing to hear what "All I can say for the moment is... stay tuned." means???

Posted by BassKozz on June 11, 2008 at 02:58 AM PDT #

Great! I hope that they will also work on a new kernel in the meantime...

Posted by rastaman on June 11, 2008 at 09:10 AM PDT #

Next: ZFS on your iPhone!

Posted by guest on June 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM PDT #

All I really care about in the short term is the ability to unplug my external 750GB drive with a single-device pool on it from the Solaris box, and plug it into my iMac. The explicit mentioning of Snow Leopard Server in Apple's announcement does not make me hold my breath. :-)

Posted by Volker A. Brandt on June 11, 2008 at 05:33 PM PDT #

"Finally we can enjoy ZFS in our Mac laptops! :)" - don't be too sure. \*If\* it comes to the client OS too, perhaps we can partition a drive with a HFS+ boot/root and the rest ZFS, but I do doubt that we'll have ZFS root in 10.6. It would be the main selling point for me, though.

Posted by serenity on June 11, 2008 at 06:25 PM PDT #

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