ZFS on a Mac Without Snow Leopard

The Story:

For those of you who have been disappointed by the latest news, as ZFS is no more in Snow leopard that Mac Users where waiting for, there is an alternative to that. Well, let's call it a work-around ... You can find here some explanations of How MacOS 10.6 could benefit from ZFS.

How can it be ?

Well, quite easy, dual-boot your MacBook (Pro) with OpenSolaris, you'll get the full features of ZFS, without the binary incompatibilites of Snow Leopard.

Why ZFS on a laptop ?

It makes more sense than what you might think. Here are just a few examples:

  • upgrades: you can now rollback if a specific upgrade failed (remind me how you can do that on Mac OS X?), you can even keep many upgrades on your disk
  • restore back in time previous documents using your internal disk (Time Slider)
  • Improve I/O on external disk by aggregating them (RAID-Z with USB an/or FireWire800)
  • backup you disks to a remote server with ZFS send-receive commands
  • Turn your ZFS machine into an NFS server for the the other Macs, providing restore features with ZFS snapshots
One last thing: if you decide to choose another laptop's brand, you still have the same ZFS features :)
Comments:

I think Apple missed out on a fantastic opportunity in not moving to the worlds best filesystem...with the rate of improvement in OpenSolaris on desktops and laptops its now feasible for mac users to move across to OpenSolaris for the benefits of ZFS.

Posted by che kristo on September 01, 2009 at 07:34 PM CEST #

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