Linked by Rahul on Sat 18th Oct 2008 11:29 UTC
Linux While Ext4 was originally merged in 2.6.19, it was marked as a development filesystem. It has been a long time coming but as planned, Ext4dev has been renamed to Ext4 in 2.6.28 to indicate its level of maturity and paving the way for production level deployments. Ext4 filesystem developer Ted Tso also endorsed Btrfs as a multi-vendor, next generation filesystem and along with the interest from Andrew Morton, Btrfs is planned to be merged before 2.6.29 is released. It will follow a similar development process to Ext4 and be initially marked as development only.
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adkilla
Member since:
2005-07-07

Well according to the topic above, it'll be merged into 2.6.29. So it must be ready in some shape or form to be merged into the mainstream kernel. The question is whether it'll be EXPERIMENTAL or an initial release?

I think 2.6.29 will be ready sooner than 2010.

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c0t0d0s0 Member since:
2008-10-16

Surely it will be experimental. There were several comments from kernel developers, who thought about copying the ext4 process with it´s long existence as experimental code.

Filesystem are a relatively closed realm in itself (this is the reason for virtal filesystem layers) so you can even integrate bleeding edge code without harming the rest of the system.

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MORB Member since:
2005-07-06

It'll be experimental. They want to merge it to increase its visibility and attract more developers.

In fact, the disk format is not predicted to be finalized until the end of the year, so if you use it before then, you'll end up with partitions that the next version of btrfs won't be able to mount.

After that it'll still not quite yet be considered stable and safe for anything more than data that you don't mind losing.

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