Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th May 2010 22:23 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "UDS is over! And in the customary wrap-up I stood up and told the audience what the Foundations team have been discussing all week. One of the items is almost certainly going to get a little bit of publicity. We are going to be doing the work to have btrfs as an installation option, and we have not ruled out making it the default. I do stress the emphasis of that statement, a number of things would have to be true for us to take that decision."
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RE[2]: It's an odd switch
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 15th May 2010 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE: It's an odd switch"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux_2634_fs&nu...

From April, but the general consensus is that ext4 is the best overall filesystem.

And a big warning is there too. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN postgreSQL on BTRFS. The one real life example, btrfs chokes and dies on (doesn't crash, just crawls).

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RE[3]: It's an odd switch
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sat 15th May 2010 23:48 in reply to "RE[2]: It's an odd switch"
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

While Phoronix is great for news around Xorg (they do a lot of original research on this topic by following mailing lists, etc.), Phoronix' benchmark methodology is usually flawed. Somebody once even made the joke that Phoronix would benchmark Linux distros by comparing the CD images' checksum and the higher one "wins".

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RE[4]: It's an odd switch
by Timmmm on Sun 16th May 2010 10:56 in reply to "RE[3]: It's an odd switch"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

That's a pretty big accusation. Can you back it up with some facts?

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RE[3]: It's an odd switch
by ggeldenhuys on Sun 16th May 2010 21:33 in reply to "RE[2]: It's an odd switch"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

From April, but the general consensus is that ext4 is the best overall filesystem.


No real surprise considering Btrfs was only recently put in the Linux kernel. Now that most/many Btrfs features have been implemented and the on-disk storage format has been set, now it needs to be tested in the wild and performance tuning can start. Btrfs with compression already outperforms Ext4, and ext4 has been around for some time now. That tells you something!

I'm definitely eager to try Btrfs with compression enabled (this is what I loved about ZFS's idea too). With today's fast hardware and the hard drive being the biggest bottleneck in any system - compressing data means reading less data off the hard drive - which will translate to increased system speed.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I know btrfs is a moving target. The point of that was that ext4 is not the crap that the other guy said it was. It is better overall than ext3 according to that benchmark. When arguing I usually tend to believe the one with the most evidence in their favour.

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