Lindows.com announced today its official support for Reiser4, the next version of ReiserFS from Namesys, creator of the advanced filesystem available for personal computers. Read more for the rest of the press release:
Lindows.com is providing monetary support to Namesys, and will also be working closely with the company to supply comprehensive quality assurance support. Reiser4 will be built into LindowsOS, the leading Desktop Linux operating system, in early 2004, allowing the operating system to take advantage of the latest technologies in writing data onto hard drives. LindowsOS currently uses version 3 of ReiserFS.
“We supported ReiserFS at MP3.com, and are happy to continue that support here at Lindows.com,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.com. “Filesystems are the foundation and underpinning of all operating systems, and having Reiser4 in LindowsOS will make it faster and more reliable than ever.”
Reiser4, a complete rewrite from the previous version, features a number of advanced technologies to eliminate file corruption, enhance security and save hard drive space while also maximizing speed of writing to the hard drive. ReiserFS is currently the fastest filesystem available, and the 2-5x speed improvement found in the new Reiser4 will allow for data to be written to hard drives at an unsurpassed rate, making the execution of computer processes involving the hard drive to be completed with a minimum of process time and utmost reliability.
Reiser4 is also an “atomic” filesystem, so file corruption is eliminated, since operations are either completed or do not occur at all, making it virtually unbreakable. This allows for tight security, as well as superior consistency in data. A plug-in architecture allows for exceptionally easy customization of the filesystem, with outside contributors permitted to upgrade the filesystem without having to rewrite the disk.
“We are thankful for support from companies like Lindows.com, as it enables us to push the frontiers of filesystem technology and deliver a more reliable experience,” said Hans Reiser, creator of ReiserFS. “Ongoing contributions from additional sponsors as they come forward, and from technologically-aware organizations that depend on robust filesystems, will ensure our continuing ability to offer the best quality filesystem in the industry.”