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Re: [SLE] SuSE 8.2 -- What is the best file system?
- From: "Nicholas Parsons" <napt256@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 15:29:31 -0400 (EDT)
- Message-id: <20030413192931.ED7F0299B4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>So, is ext3/ext2 the standard file system for GNU/linux?
>I don't believe you can speak of a standard. The "vanilla" kernel >has
>several file systems, and they're all interoperable, in the sense >that a
>file stored on one system can be moved to another without alteration.
That makes sense to me.
>> If so, why spend so much time developing other kinds of
>> filesystems like Reiser FS, XFS, JFS?
>One file system is good at one thing, another are good at different
>things. Hans Reiser & co. have very specific ideas on how to develop >a
>file system, the people at SGI have different ideas and their
>experiences with high performance graphics systems has evolved into
>present day XFS.
This is indeed true. However how does this help a "normal" home
PC user decide on a file system? I don't run high performance
graphics programs on my pc. Does this mean I definitely should
not use XFS?
>> A file system is
>> critical to any operating system and I think it would be
>> much better if everyone could just focus their efforts on
>> improving one file system. This is the case with MS Windows.
>> They started out with FAT, then moved on to FAT32 and finally
>> are using NTFS. The same goes for other stuff in the open
>> source community like KDE and Gnome for example. This
>> "multiplicity" approach hurts linux as a whole. Linux software
>> as a whole should not compete against other linux software but
>> should compete against other OS's software.
>Head down to your local library and check out a book called "On the
>origin of species" by Charles Darwin. It may not be on the comp.sci.
>curriculum yet, but it should be.
This is certainly true for living organisms.
I think software falls into a different category. Focusing
all attention on one project instead of 4 or 5 would be much
better for the software community in the long run. I mean what
is the difference for a "normal" linux user between XFS and JFS?
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