When will ZFS become stable?

Darren Reed darrenr at freebsd.org
Tue Jan 22 07:10:16 PST 2008

Robert Watson wrote:
>...   One advantage
> Solaris has is that it runs primarily on expensive 64-bit servers with 
> lots of memory.  Part of the problem on FreeBSD is that people run ZFS 
> on sytems with 32-bit CPUs and a lot less memory.  It could be that ZFS 
> should be enforcing higher minimum hardware requirements to mount (i.e., 
> refusing to run on systems with 32-bit address spaces or <4gb of memory 
> and inadequate tuning).

Before ZFS was released, I was using it internally on a 32bit
desktop.  It never panic'd although it did get very slow after
a while because of the way it managed memory (and probably some
bugs :) while in early alpha/beta.

At work I run it on my Ultra20 desktop with Solaris 10.
It has an AMD64 CPU and I'm pretty only 2GB of RAM,
but I'll have to check on the RAM.


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