Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Mar 2013 23:45 UTC
Linux "Today the ZFS on Linux project reached an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release! Over two years of use by real users has convinced us ZoL is ready for wide scale deployment on everything from desktops to super computers."
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RE: "Technically" great work, ...
by Lennie on Sat 30th Mar 2013 16:35 UTC in reply to ""Technically" great work, ..."
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

As I read and understand it* a distribution could package it as a kernel module and include ZFS just fine.

There seems to be an effort to package it for Debian when you look at the package development server of Debian.

Debian who are very strict when it comes to licenses already includes a ZFS implementation in the form of Debian/kFreeBSD.

I agree about btrfs, if only because zfs can never be part of the standard kernel.

* the FAQ entry about the license on the ZoL site:
http://zfsonlinux.org/faq.html#WhatAboutTheLicensingIssue

Edited 2013-03-30 16:38 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

* the FAQ entry about the license on the ZoL site:
http://zfsonlinux.org/faq.html#WhatAboutTheLicensingIssue


That link explains the situation pretty much exhaustively: cannot be distributed as kernel built-in, but can be distributed as a separate module or source-code. Thanks for the link.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

No problem, but it wasn't that hard to find it. :-)

Also this does not mean ZoL could not be used as a root filesystem, a normal Linux distribution always uses an initial ramdisk. As far as I know the ramdisk can also be used to load the filesystem module for the rootfilesystem.

Edited 2013-03-30 17:36 UTC

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laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

I think it's important to be realistic here though. Folks really into Linux and GPL software are not going to ever accept ZFS because of the license. Those folks also will not run debian with a FreeBSD kernel.

It just makes more sense to run FreeBSD or Solaris if you want ZFS. The only use case I can think of is if you do gaming and want to use ZFS for storage. That would require a Linux kernel due to the video driver situation in BSD.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I think you are generalizing the goals of the users and developers of Debian.

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

The only use case I can think of is if you do gaming and want to use ZFS for storage.


Why would you need ZFS for Frozen Bubble or Tux Racer ?

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