Btrfs filesystem (Saxons pronounce it as ‘butter’-butter-and sometimes as ‘better’ Best-) is one of the great promises free software : This “eternal” successor to the Ext4 has long been supported in both the kernel and the distributions, that years ago they started offering it as a file system alternative to traditional options.
However, in many cases this support was too experimental, and although recently Btrfs already offered as a fully functional file system in distributions, all still betting on ext4 as default option.
That has made
think that Btrfs never been mature enough, but we want to remove that SUSE idea. Matthias Eckermann, one of those responsible for SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux, has indicated that “ Btrfs is ready for production systems “, and SLES 11 SP2 has full support for Btrfs addition to other conventional file systems (Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS) … except precisely ext4, which apparently does not measure up to the SUSE distribution business.
These statements are not surprising: SUSE is one of the largest contributors to the Btrfs code , but as outlined in Linux.com by the time the Btrfs support in SLES is not total, and for example of moment not supported multivolume management characteristics as the RAID technology and compression, although plans are to integrate these short term characteristics. Of course, what is true for SLES openSUSE is also true, where in fact use Btrfs latest patches and “aggressive” that integrate the latest features well before the enterprise edition of this distribution.
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