ZFS on FUSE/Linux

You've probably heard by now that Apple is planning to port ZFS to MacOS.

And that Matt Dillon is porting ZFS to DragonFly BSD.

Today I'm pleased to report that ZFS is being ported to FUSE/Linux.

Very cool.  This is another step toward the ultimate goal: ubiquity.  Consumer devices need data integrity just as badly as enterprises do.  With ZFS, even the humblest device -- an iPod, a digital camera -- can provide fast, reliable storage using nothing but commodity hardware and free, open-source software.  And it's about time, don't you think?


Now that the best feature of Solaris is ported to its competition, why would anyone give a damn about Solaris?

Posted by Coitus Interruptus on May 25, 2006 at 07:50 PM PDT #

Perhaps because it's more robust, feature rich and cost less than Red Hat. Oh yeah, and besides running on the same Intel and AMD platforms, it also scales up to 144 CPU cores and over 500 GB of RAM on Sun's Sparc platforms. Oh, and by the way, it's faster too as shown by a wide variety of world record benchmarks. And.... It's open source!

Posted by Jim Laurent on May 25, 2006 at 08:52 PM PDT #

Did I forget the mention that you can download it and use it for free? No? ... There ... Now I've said it.... IT'S FREE!

Posted by Jim Laurent on May 25, 2006 at 08:59 PM PDT #

Although ZFS is really cool, it isn't the best feature of Solaris (sorry Jeff). Rather, the best feature of Solaris is that is has so many damn good features that really are better than the competition!

Don't believe me? No problem, go grab your FREE download of Solaris and see for yourself: http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/get.jsp

Perhaps you like benchmarks? Go read them all. Just because Solaris isn't the latest buzzword on the magazines that has a cute little polar pet, don't discount what you can actually do with the complete operating system and the Sun Enterprise System software stack.

Posted by Wes Williams on May 25, 2006 at 09:06 PM PDT #

Now that the best feature of Solaris is ported to its competition, why would anyone give a damn about Solaris?

#1 you can run the original for same price, why use a copy?

#2 Solaris isn't static, neither is any of these technologies, if you stay with the original you will always have the best maintained and latest features

#3 currently other projects are copying parts, with solaris you get the whole solution

#4 with solaris you can buy support if you need it, and it will be done by the people have access to the people that wrote the code not just the guy that ported it.

#5 Sun/Solaris gives you the whole stack, you can buy hardware, and get the OS and applications all from the same company.

#6 Sun/Solaris brings to the table stability, reliability, maintainability, before a change is made to Solaris code base, its reviewed by a group of people, not just one that glances over the patch, they actually inspect the change line by line and verify that the change is valid and they also catch new bugs this way before they are introduced.

#7 professionally created documentation. Not only howto's created by a weekend writer, but full documents by professional writers. The kind that with other operating systems you have to buy a book to get.

#8 testing, every nightly build of solaris is tested nightly, and compared with the previous builds, if its slower its a bug.

#9 Compatibility, Solaris has a stable API and ABI, so your application once it runs will continue to run for the foreseeable future. Solaris 10 runs programs that were released for Sun 2.5.1, if it doesn't work its a bug and needs to be fixed.

#10 Solaris has intergrated all the technologies to work together, so you don't end up with frankenstein with lots of parts from where ever, they are actually designed to work together. So you can use dtrace to monitor a zone running on top of a ZFS filesystem, what uses SMF to monitor the filesystem, the zone, the services in the zone, etc.

Posted by James Dickens on May 26, 2006 at 12:53 AM PDT #

Now that the best feature of Solaris is ported to its competition, why would anyone give a damn about Solaris?

perhaps you should really ask the millions of people who do .. (particularly the ones who care about scalability) you lame hairy troll!

Posted by coitus resumus on June 01, 2006 at 12:52 AM PDT #

Why run a copy, when you can get the original for free? Because It's Not Linux. People now run linux... BECAUSE "it's linux".

having both zfs and dtrace available on other platforms, takes away the biggest incentives for people to switch to solaris. reliability and scalability sound nice... but businesses are running important stuff on linux Right Now. so clearly, linux et. al. are "good enough" already, and the "reliability, scalability of solaris" mantra just doesnt stick with business any more.

As a solaris enthusiast, I am deeply disappointed to see this happen. This news is good news only for people who are excited about the individual bits of technology themselves, and dont care if Solaris itself dies from loss of mindshare. It's sad to see this sort of perspective from a sun employee.

Posted by Philip Brown on June 01, 2006 at 10:39 AM PDT #

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