Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Jun 2010 10:15 UTC, submitted by kragil
Linux Employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have ported Sun's/Oracle's ZFS natively to Linux. Linux already had a ZFS port in userspace via FUSE, since license incompatibilities between the CDDL and GPL prevent ZFS from becoming part of the Linux kernel. This project solves the licensing issue by distributing ZFS as a separate kernel module users will have to download and build for themselves.
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gilboa
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2005-07-06

Due to licensing problem ZFS can never enter the main tree and as such, will never find its way into any of the main distros.
Unlike hardware drivers, file systems require a lot of testing by large amount of different people with different usage cases. Most people are willing to live with fairly simply out-of-tree hardware drivers, but I doubt that anyone will be crazy enough to use an out-of-tree FS on a production system.

Plus, a lot of "native" resources are being spent on porting ZFS features to Linux (Read: btrfs) reducing the potential target user-base ever further.

In short, I doubt that such a project will be long lived.
Congrats never the less.

- Gilboa

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