ZFS committed to the FreeBSD base. (fwd)

Kevin Kinsey kdk at daleco.biz
Fri Apr 6 16:48:52 UTC 2007

Robert Watson wrote:
> 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 easily.
> Robert N M Watson
> Computer Laboratory
> University of Cambridge

And "huge capacity".  Well, 'tis definitely a Good Friday, then :-)

HEADS-UP:  Slashdotted.  We'll see if they post (dunno why 
they wouldn't).

Kevin Kinsey

> ---------- 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.
> Hi.
> 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
>   software.
>   Supported by:    Wheel LTD (http://www.wheel.pl/)
>   Supported by:    The FreeBSD Foundation 
> (http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/)
>   Supported by:    Sentex (http://www.sentex.net/)
> Limitations.
>   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.
> Enjoy!

Perhaps the biggest disappointments were the ones you expected anyway.

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