ZFS in Fedora?

cromworshipper-fedorastuff at yahoo.com cromworshipper-fedorastuff at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 29 01:10:11 UTC 2007

----- Original Message ----
From: Rick Stevens <rstevens at internap.com>
To: For users of Fedora <fedora-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:35:55 PM
Subject: Re: ZFS in Fedora?

On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 16:17 -0800, Dave Stevens wrote:
> In an article in Information Week on November 5, 2007 I read, "What
> OpenSolaris Means For Open Source
> Sun Microsystems has turned its Solaris operating system, which uses
> next-generation ZFS file system, into an open-source project; free
> are now available. " This is at:
> Does this mean that ZFS can be implemented in Fedora? Is anyone aware
 of a 
> port?

Unless they changed some stuff, parts of ZFS aren't GPLv2-compliant (it
was developed under Sun's CDDL), so you really put it in the kernel
without some legal issues.  You can use it safely under FUSE, but it'll
be slower than as a kernel module.

A FUSE module might be usable, but wouldn't it be awesome if the atrpms or livna people provided a kmdl or kmod for it?

BTW, what is the difference between a kmod and a kmdl?


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