Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th May 2010 22:23 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "UDS is over! And in the customary wrap-up I stood up and told the audience what the Foundations team have been discussing all week. One of the items is almost certainly going to get a little bit of publicity. We are going to be doing the work to have btrfs as an installation option, and we have not ruled out making it the default. I do stress the emphasis of that statement, a number of things would have to be true for us to take that decision."
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RE: It's an odd switch
by ggeldenhuys on Sat 15th May 2010 15:29 UTC in reply to "It's an odd switch"
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Simply because Ext4 is crap and very slow. Even Ext3 is MUCH faster than Ext4. Btrfs is quite usable already and already outperforms Ext3 and Ext4 in many (most) tests.

Also, just because a distro makes some or other filesystem the default, doesn't mean you as an end-user needs to you use that default. The installation allows you to choose any file system you like.

And when in doubt about a file system, do what I do. Make one of your non-bootable partitions (eg: /opt) the file system in doubt. Then play around with it, copy/read files from it, play movies form it. Do software compiles from it. If it doesn't work out for you or doesn't perform to your expectations, simply copy the data off and reformat that partition with a different file system. It's not that damn difficult.

I think Ubuntu has a good idea. Put Btrfs out there so it gets some exposure - that's the only way software improves really fast.

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