ZFS in OSX

Not amazing news but an official announcement nonetheless: Saw this (www.macnn.com/articles/07/06/06/zfs.in.leopard/) and I couldn’t resist posting. This means a few things:

  1. Sun figured out how to make ZFS bootable (at least on OSX)
  2. Someone figured out how to deal with ZFS and resource forks (I can’t believe they are willing to break compatibility with so much software otherwise).

Now I just need a Mac so I can run some benchmarks before and after. I have some buddies that might oblige… finally the Macs get a decent FS.

Now if only Apple could lose the silly Mach legacy, it’s a common misconception that the kernel in OSX is FreeBSD – it ain’t. Run lmbench (www.bitmover.com/lmbench/) on different platforms and compare results such as context switching, thread creation and whatnot. Then you’ll see why OSX can’t always make a decent server OS.

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