Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 22:04 UTC, submitted by garyd
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ZFS is the world's most advanced filesystem, in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this open community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS, the OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers from these platforms.

ZFS plays a major role in Solaris, of course, but beyond that, has it found other major homes? In fact, now that we're at it, how is Solaris doing anyway?

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Wed 18th Sep 2013 18:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Isn't it a GPL violation to distribute non-GPL kernel modules with a GPL'd kernel? I thought it was generally accepted that using internal kernel APIs is considered a "derivative work," which is why almost every distro doesn't ship with ZFS out of the box.

Or, does it use Fuse? If that's the case, it's unfortunate, since everything I've been able to find on the Fuse/ZFS (which isn't much) indicates it's not production ready.

I remember seeing mention of a GPL-licensed clean-room implementation of ZFS, but I'm pretty sure that has gone nowhere, and it would be very patent-encumbered.

Either way, I wouldn't want to rely on a feature that might get pulled from the next version due to legal issues, especially a file system driver.

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