Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Mar 2011 00:06 UTC
Mac OS X "A commercial ZFS solution is (still) coming to Mac OS X, thanks to former Apple filesystem and OS engineer Don Brady (who previously worked on the abandoned internal Apple project to port ZFS). Brady and his company, Ten's Complement, just launched a limited private beta in hopes to have the software polished and ready for a summer launch this year. Ars spoke with Brady, who has a long history engineering filesystems for Mac OS and Mac OS X, to find out a little about his previous work with ZFS at Apple, and what Mac users can expect to gain from Ten's Complement's port of ZFS."
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RE: Will definitely buy...
by someone on Sat 19th Mar 2011 14:12 UTC in reply to "Will definitely buy..."
someone
Member since:
2006-01-12

In any case, I am not convinced that ZFS would be the perfect fit for a client OS that is increasingly focused on mobility. However, it would be nice if HFS+ could be further revamped with the addition of COW, checksums, snapshot, encryption (It appears the latter two are coming to Lion. Although Versions may not be implemented at the file system level) and other features useful to a mobile user, while avoiding the overhead of ZFS.

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

What do you mean by mobile? Like, more notebooks are using it?

Surely, you know that the Ipad and the iphone do not run the full osX. Adding launchpad to Lion, and adding the app store doesn't make it a worse fit for ZFS.

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RE[3]: Will definitely buy...
by someone on Sat 19th Mar 2011 15:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Will definitely buy..."
someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Notebooks make up the largest part of Apple's Mac business (according to Apple's quarterly reports), and why would you need multivolume management for a notebook?

As for the iOS devices, Apple would do best to introduce a new, lightweight filesystem that is designed for NAND memory. These devices certainly cannot handle the overhead of ZFS

Edited 2011-03-19 15:48 UTC

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RE[2]: Will definitely buy...
by WereCatf on Sat 19th Mar 2011 14:57 in reply to "RE: Will definitely buy..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

However, it would be nice if HFS+ could be further revamped with the addition of COW, checksums, snapshot, encryption


What's the point? If you're going to add all the features from ZFS why not just use ZFS in the first place?

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RE[3]: Will definitely buy...
by someone on Sat 19th Mar 2011 15:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Will definitely buy..."
someone Member since:
2006-01-12

ZFS is designed for server use, and very little thought is given to memory footprint, processor use etc.

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RE[2]: Will definitely buy...
by chekr on Sun 20th Mar 2011 00:46 in reply to "RE: Will definitely buy..."
chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

the overhead of ZFS.

The myth that ZFS has hug overhead is incorrect. ZFS is very configurable and can be configured to run on ARM platforms. Although never released their was some work to do this inside of Sun.

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RE[3]: Will definitely buy...
by someone on Sun 20th Mar 2011 02:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Will definitely buy..."
someone Member since:
2006-01-12


The myth that ZFS has hug overhead is incorrect. ZFS is very configurable and can be configured to run on ARM platforms. Although never released their was some work to do this inside of Sun.


ARM is also being targeted for power-efficient servers, but an ARM server is a very different beast from a portable device (that uses NAND exclusively for storage) like the iPad

Edited 2011-03-20 02:04 UTC

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