Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:16 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Linux desktop has come a long way. It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses. Not too long ago, Sun figured they could do the same by starting Project Indiana, which is supposed to deliver a complete distribution of OpenSolaris in a manner similar to GNU/Linux. After using the latest version for a while, I'm wondering: why?
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RE[2]: Comment by OddFox
by segedunum on Mon 20th Jul 2009 23:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by OddFox"
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Your average desktop user would absolutely love something like ZFS with all the snapshot-y goodness, especially when it is integrated into something like TimeSlider in Nautilus.

Ahhhhhh. The sad ramblings of someone who believes that telling people of the technical merits of something will prove to be good enough. It might prove to be a differentiator when all other things, especially application availability, are equal. Everything else, however, is not equal and Nautilus isn't even a good enough file manager and is the same as you'll find elsewhere.

Absolute FUD. You can run ZFS on 32-bit systems with as little as 512 MB of RAM....ZFS works better with more RAM, and can do more caching as RAM increases, but it can be tuned to run in very low memory setups.

For the benefit of the uneducated I shall translate. You can run ZFS on systems with lower memory requirements, but you will have to tune it if you want it to run trouble-free with acceptable performance. All the evidence thus far says that ZFS grows unbounded to whatever workload you throw at it and you will need to create those boundaries yourself.

The day you see ZFS running on an ARM NAS system with 128MB of memory is the day you see Satan skating to work. They just aren't going to materialise.

Edited 2009-07-20 23:37 UTC

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