On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM, Harry Putnam <rea...@newsguy.com> wrote:
> Freddie Cash <fjwc...@gmail.com> writes:
> > If you only want RAID0 or RAID1, then btrfs is okay. There's no support
> > RAID5+ as yet, and it's been "in development" for a couple of years now.
> [...] snipped excellent information
> Thanks much, I've very appreciative of the good information. Much
> better to hear from actual users than pouring thru webpages to get a
> I'm googling on the citations you posted:
> FreeNAS and freebsd.
> Maybe you can give a little synopsis of those too. I mean when it
> comes to utilizing zfs; is it much the same as if running it on
> FreeBSD 8-STABLE (what will become 8.3) and 9.0-RELEASE (will be released
hopefully this month) both include ZFSv28, the latest open-source version of
ZFS. This includes raidz3 and dedupe support, same as OpenSolaris, Illumos,
and other OSol-based distros. Not sure what the latest version of ZFS is in
The ZFS bits work the same as on Solaris with only 2 small differences:
- sharenfs property just writes data to /etc/zfs/exports, which is read by
the standard NFS daemons (it's easier to just use /etc/exports to share ZFS
- sharesmb property doesn't do anything; you have to use Samba to share
The only real differences are how the OSes themselves work. If you are
fluent in Solaris, then FreeBSD will seem strange (and vice-versa). If you
are fluent in Linux, then FreeBSD will be similar (but a lot more cohesive
> I knew freebsd had a port, but assumed it would stack up kind of sorry
> compared to Solaris zfs.
> Maybe something on the order of the linux fuse/zfs adaptation in usability.
> Is that assumption wrong?
> Absolutely, completely, and utterly false. :) The FreeBSD port of ZFS is
pretty much on par with ZFS on OpenSolaris. The Linux port of ZFS is just
barely usable. No comparison at all. :)
> I actually have some experience with Freebsd, (long before there was a
> zfs port), and it is very linux like in many ways.
> That's like saying that OpenIndiana is very Linux-like in many ways. :)
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