Posted Mar 31, 2009 7:03 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: From ext3 to ext4: An Interview with Theodore Ts'o (Linux Magazine)
Parent article: From ext3 to ext4: An Interview with Theodore Ts'o (Linux Magazine)
Thanks for an excellent summary. Let me explain two more possible consequences:
- Mr Ts'o shows considerable arrogance saying that virtually every application on the planet is "badly written" (including GNU fileutils, meaning most frequently used OS tools such as mv). He also seems unaware of what we might call "Hot topics in filesystem design", such as: "POSIX is not the bible of reliability it was never supposed to be" or "Users dislike empty files".
- This dangerous combination of arrogance and ignorance is leading Mr Ts'o to quickly damage ext4 reputation and place it next to XFS in users minds, and we all know how hard it is to revert that kind of reputation. This may leave Linux users in many years to come between a rock and a hard place when it comes to filesystem performance: use the obsolete and slow ext3, or suffer the consequences of repeated slow fsync() calls in the much-needed ext4.
Linux has never been about correctness (however one might define it), but about quality and performance. I wonder if Linus, the benevolent dictator, should benevolently revoke Mr Ts'o's commit rights, or something.
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