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[News] Why There is No "Best" Filesystem for Linux

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Is There a Perfect Linux Filesystem? 

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| Most often, when someone talks about a filesystem or file system, they're 
| referring to disk filesystems such as NTFS, FAT, ext2, ext3, ext4, ISO 9660 
| and many others but can also refer to network file systems such as CIFS 
| (Common Internet File System aka Samba) and NFS. A filesystem is a 
| specially-designed database of files, their disk location, definition and 
| attributes. Everything on a Unix or Linux filesystem is a file: Directories, 
| processes, links, programs, and device references. All files.      


EXT4, Btrfs, NILFS2 Performance Benchmarks

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| The past few Linux kernel releases have brought a number of new file-systems 
| to the Linux world, such as with EXT4 having been stabilized in the Linux 
| 2.6.28 kernel, Btrfs being merged into Linux 2.6.29, and most recently the 
| NILFS2 file-system premiering with the Linux 2.6.30 kernel. Other 
| file-systems have been introduced too during the past few Linux kernel 
| release cycles, but these three have been the most talked about and are often 
| looked at as being the next-generation Linux file-systems. Being the 
| benchmarking junkies that we are, we have set out to compare the file-system 
| performance of EXT4, Btrfs, and NILFS2 under Ubuntu using the Linux 2.6.30 
| kernel. We also looked at how these file-systems compared to EXT3 and XFS.         



SquashFS: Not Just for Embedded Systems

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| As we’ve demonstrated over the past several weeks, there are no shortage of
| new file systems in the latest version of Linux. (See NILFS: A File System to
| Make SSDs Scream, Linux Don’t Need No Stinkin’ ZFS: BTRFS Intro & Benchmarks
| and ext4 File System: Introduction and Benchmarks)


FS-Cache merged in Kernel 2.6.30

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| FS-Cache has been merged into the upcoming kernel 2.6.30.  This allows for a
| generic caching interface in the kernel for other file systems.  For example,
| you can use local hard disks to cache data accessed via NFS, AFS, or CD-Rom.
| Since these tend to be high-latency while the disks are low latency, it
| should provide for a nice speedup.

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