On ZFS for OS X

I want ZFS, I really do.

Sun exec Jonathan Schwartz said “Apple will announce that zfs has become the file system for OS X”

Now every website, blog and news agency has put words in his mouth by saying he announced it would be in Leopard.

Hold on, lets hear what Apple has to say.

First off, there is no way Apple is going to force people to ZFS. Its far too new and young. At best, ZFS will be an option when you format your disk and Apple will provide some sort of compatibility APIs for older applications.

I could imagine some sort of migration assistant that would back up your data, reformat your disk as ZFS and then restore, yes.

However, before ZFS becomes ‘the’ filesystem for OS X, I would think we’d want a little more than 2-3 months to get ready for it, no?

So my prediction is that ZFS is an option in 10.5 and maybe in 10.6 it becomes the de-facto filesystem for OS X.

Until I hear from Apple on Monday, I am not willing to translate Mr. Schwartz’s “OS X” to mean “Leopard”

1 comment

  1. I agree. The common consumer market doesn’t know at all what ZFS is about. Right now, it’s the perfect thing to “announce” at WWDC, and then make an option in 10.5.

    I’ve had some clients, who have “heard about” the “slip”, bluntly state that this doesn’t sound like a big deal to them and would rather have a faster Mac or the like anounced. Sigh.

    So it’s clear only techs and geeks are currently excited about it. We’ll have to get the “what this means for you” lamen terms bundle of information out to them soon.

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