Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 21:13 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mac OS X John Siracusa, the Mac OS X guru who writes those insanely detailed and well-written Mac OS X reviews for Ars Technica, once told a story about the evolution of the HFS+ file system in Mac OS X - he said it was a struggle between the Mac guys who wanted the features found in BeOS' BFS, and the NEXT guys who didn't really like these features. In the end, the Mac guys won, and over the course of six years, Mac OS X reached feature parity - and a little more - with the BeOS (at the FS level).
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RE: Not surprising
by Laurence on Sun 25th Oct 2009 17:09 UTC in reply to "Not surprising"
Laurence
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While ZFS is great, its advantages are targetted mainly to servers, from the user POV it's just POSIX + snapshots/volume management. It doesn't brings new things to the desktop (with time machine apple doesnt even need snapshots). Apple is the kind of company that could want to go beyond of POSIX and bring new ideas to the desktop...

Actually, ZFS would be ideal for media professionals who use OS X.

Think about musicians or sound engineers who deal with files that are hundreds of megabytes in size. Rather than having dozens of copies of the same file taking up gigabytes of diskspace, ZFS would just store the differences.

Plus support for software RAIDing would make recording of ultra high quality audio a breeze where currently latency is often an issue.

ZFS also has native support for compression (which is ideal when your a media professional and frequently handling data that can't be lossy compressed)

ZFS also doesn't require defraging nor scandisk/fsck'ing - which is in line of Apple whole philosophy (as in "it just works")

And lets not forget the improvements to Time Capsule (as already mentioned).


ZFS could have been an awesome addition to OS X and a valued asset for media professionals who regularly work with high resolution samples.

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