Plans for BTRFS in Fedora

Josef Bacik josef at
Wed Feb 23 13:42:03 UTC 2011

On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Camilo Mesias <camilo at> wrote:
> Hi
> I wanted to second these questions...
> 2011/2/22 Jóhann B. <johannbg at>:
>> Will there be any performance penalties making this move?
> [...]
>> What benefit will this switch bring to the novice desktop end users?
>> Will the novice desktop end user ever take advantages of any of the features that btrfs brings?
> Since upgrading (downgrading?) my netbook to use an SSD I went with
> the Anaconda defaults (using LVM etc) and that probably wasn't in my
> best interest - judging from benchmarks at the time of read
> performance in the LVM compared to the underlying device, also from
> the point of not being able to add complex disk arrays to the netbook
> any time soon.
> I think Fedora could do more to support lower end devices *well*, in
> addition to allowing people to use the very latest technology on
> larger (ie. desktop and server) platforms. My impression right now is
> I'd be interested to try BTRFS for the server and maybe larger
> desktops, but would probably want to avoid it for anything smaller.

Your impression is wrong, there has been quite a bit of work done to
make BTRFS work well on small devices, it is the default filesystem
for meego which goes on phones, which is much smaller than anything
you are going to have on your netbook.  Thanks,


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