ZFS committed to the FreeBSD base. (fwd)

Robert Watson rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Fri Apr 6 09:51:42 UTC 2007

Now would be a great time to do some articles on this, speaking of which. :-) 
Pawel's e-mail doesn't make a great start for an advocacy piece because it 
fails to say what's good/important about ZFS, so the first task is to figure 
that out and construct a news article along these lines.  For example, it has 
volume-management, self-healing, and the word "enterprise" can be tossed in 

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 04:57:00 +0200
From: Pawel Jakub Dawidek <pjd at FreeBSD.org>
To: freebsd-current at FreeBSD.org
Cc: freebsd-fs at FreeBSD.org, zfs-discuss at opensolaris.org
Subject: ZFS committed to the FreeBSD base.


I'm happy to inform that the ZFS file system is now part of the FreeBSD
operating system. ZFS is available in the HEAD branch and will be
available in FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE as an experimental feature.

Commit log:

   Please welcome ZFS - The last word in file systems.

   ZFS file system was ported from OpenSolaris operating system. The code
   in under CDDL license.

   I'd like to thank all SUN developers that created this great piece of

   Supported by:	Wheel LTD (http://www.wheel.pl/)
   Supported by:	The FreeBSD Foundation (http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/)
   Supported by:	Sentex (http://www.sentex.net/)


   Currently ZFS is only compiled as kernel module and is only available
   for i386 architecture. Amd64 should be available very soon, the other
   archs will come later, as we implement needed atomic operations.

Missing functionality.

   - We don't have iSCSI target daemon in the tree, so sharing ZVOLs via
     iSCSI is also not supported at this point. This should be fixed in
     the future, we may also add support for sharing ZVOLs over ggate.
   - There is no support for ACLs and extended attributes.
   - There is no support for booting off of ZFS file system.

Other than that, ZFS should be fully-functional.


Pawel Jakub Dawidek                       http://www.wheel.pl
pjd at FreeBSD.org                           http://www.FreeBSD.org
FreeBSD committer                         Am I Evil? Yes, I Am!

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