Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:01 UTC
Mac OS X Developers have received from Apple a 'ZFS on Mac OS X Preview 1.1' package, which offers preliminary support for the ZFS file system, originally developed by Sun Microsystems for their Solaris OS. Currently, the Mac OS is based on the HFS+ file system, but leaked screenshots of earlier versions of Leopard showed options for formatting hard drives for ZFS. Reportedly, this preview allows full read and write capabilities with the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple's upcoming version of its OS X operating system.
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segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

ZFS might be useful on a huge SUN server system, but I do fail to see what it could do for my laptop or desktop.

Understand you point of view. Changing filesystems is never trivial. However, Apple really do need to update HFS or get a modern filesystem that is going to grow with future development.

ZFS would make things such as backups a whole lot easier and more reliable with snapshot, you've got built-in free compression and encryption and it would help Apple's new backup thingy no end.

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FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

you've got built-in free compression and encryption

Didn't think they had encryption working with ZFS yet.

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Weeman Member since:
2006-03-20

Didn't think they had encryption working with ZFS yet.

They don't. Well, kind of. An alpha release for ZFS encryption was released a few days ago.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Didn't think they had encryption working with ZFS yet.

They haven't......yet. It's being worked on as far as I know. But at least you'll have it from one filesystem, one package and one familiar set of tools.

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