Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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RE[4]: Time to give it a try
by dnebdal on Mon 16th Jan 2012 10:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Time to give it a try"
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"Unfortunately ZFS version 28 is the last one released by Oracle to the public. Later versions will not be available, so the good stuff like encryption will probably not come to FreeBSD for quite some time.

Lot of original ZFS developers has joined Illumos/OpenIndiana. Even the head architect and creator of ZFS have quit Oracle. These developers from Sun have already developed ZFS functionality that Oracle does not have. The FreeBSD developers does not know how to develop ZFS functionality, they just port it from the original ZFS developers.

So if you run OpenSolaris, you can easily upgrade to OpenIndiana via IPS package systems, and then you can dualboot via snapshots in GRUB.

I'm not sure if "does not know how to" is a fair summary - after digging around in that code for as long as they have, I suspect pjd & friends are capable of adding things to it. It's more that they have so far wanted to stay close to the openSolaris versions so that patches and upgrades for it will apply as cleanly as possible; they only have a limited supply of man-hours, so there's no need to make it harder than necessary.

We'll see where they go in the future. It's quite plausible that they'll start tracking the ZFS version in openIndiana, instead; I can't remember them saying anything about it, but I don't follow the relevant mailing lists either (except -current).

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