[kwlug-disc] Meeting topic request

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Apr 15 07:50:26 EDT 2013

The ZFS on Linux project has been maturing in the past several months
and I suspect there will be more discussion of it in the near future
given the capabilities of ZFS and the availability of packaging for most
popular Linux-based distros.

A nice summary of ZFS features/constraints/foibles for people who have a
general understanding of the storage systems and know the terminology of
ZFS is here:


On 04/15/2013 02:18 AM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
> I'm not sure this article adds anything to our knowledge of ZFS, but it
> coincidentally crossed Atom/RSS feed reader in the middle of the discussion:
> http://linuxaria.com/pills/zfs-is-ready-for-your-linux-desktop
> "And now after more than two years in the experimental stage, the ZFS
> file system for Linux is ready for widespread use."
> --Bob.
>> *L.D. Paniak* ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
>> <mailto:kwlug-disc%40kwlug.org?Subject=Re%3A%20%5Bkwlug-disc%5D%20Meeting%20topic%20request&In-Reply-To=%3C5169AF51.2050608%40fourpisolutions.com%3E>
>> /Sat Apr 13 15:17:37 EDT 2013/
>> Since I brought it up (and claim to paying customers to know something
>> about it), I can do a half meeting on ZFS and how it has recently become
>> relevant for the Linux user.  It is a nice story involving government
>> sponsored open-source projects, nuclear weapons, software licensing
>> issues and supercomputers.
>> On 04/13/2013 02:29 PM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
>>> / All of this stuff about ZFS on Linux and btrfs sounds pretty
>> />/ interesting, but I doubt I am never going to bother learning about them
>> />/ until I have to and/or I am spoonfed information in a meeting. 
>> />/
>> />/ My main questions: 
>> />/
>> />/ - What are they?
>> />/ - What makes them cool?
>> />/ - Are distributions moving towards them, or will we stay with ext4 and
>> />/   friends forever?
>> />/ - What does the future look like? (eg who is developing ZFS now that
>> />/   Sun got eaten up?)
>> />/ - What are the implications for those of us who are mere mortals and
>> />/   not bleeding-edge linux gurus? (aka "Why do we care?")
>> />/
>> />/ Would any of you knowledgable brave souls be willing to give a talk
>> />/ on next generation filesystems? We could split an evening into one
>> />/ person talking about ZFS and another about btrfs (or perhaps some
>> />/ other filesystem we really should know about).
>> />/
>> />/ - Paul
>> />/
>> /
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