Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 28th Aug 2001 19:20 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The days of the plain filesystems like FAT32 and ext2 seem to have past. Newer operating systems are offering journal, 64-bit filesystems, with features like supporting terrabytes of filesizes or attaching attributed meta-data in them. Today we are interviewing (in a given set of questions) the main people behind IBM's JFS, NameSys' ReiserFS and SGI's XFS. Read on about the status of their filesystems, their abilities and what they are aiming for the future.
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BFS still rocks
by Scot Hacker on Wed 29th Aug 2001 02:58 UTC

Thanks for those interviews, Eugenia - very cool idea to gather these minds together on one page. Shame Dominic couldn't be here for this. I thought it was interesting that while all of these filesystems are evolving, none of them seem to really have a good grasp on exactly how amazing Be's meta-data and live queries really are. Seems weird to me... using the filesystem as a virtual database is to this day one of the last remaining really amazing things about BeOS, and is something that benefits the end user so directly. Every day in every way. Journaling is nice, but I really have to wonder why they're placing the priority on that rather than on meta data and live queries. Those two things really changed the way I thought about computers and computing. Now that I'm starting to sniff around in Linux more (and mostly hating it), I find that the BFS' special properties are some of the things I miss the most. Looks like it's going to be a while before Linux has anything approaching the coolness of Be's file system. Sigh...