Gee that's tough.
Posted Mar 20, 2007 4:47 UTC (Tue) by drag
In reply to: Gee that's tough.
Parent article: The 2007 Linux Storage and File Systems Workshop
Most of the features of ZFS are aviable on Linux right now.
LVM, MD, DM, and lots of other FS-related features can be combined in different ways that will accomplish do the vast majority of what ZFS does. All of it's been around for a long time and is proven. It's just in many smaller components instead of one big monolythic package.
The main thing that ZFS brings to the table is that it's simplier to administrate. There are a few fancier features that Linux doesn't have, like 128bit-ness, but there are a lot of things that Linux can do that ZFS can't.
Essentially if Linux developers decided to adopt ZFS they'd be replicating existing functionality.
Plus ZFS is copyrighted to Sun and is not aviable for Linux inclusion due to licensing differences.
Also I expect that Sun has patents on various aspects of ZFS, so unless Linux is able to incorporate code from Sun into the kernel then it's likely that Linux developers would violate obvious patents if they tried to re-impliment it.
Just my perspective on the whole 'zfs' issue.
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