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Making ZFS and DTrace Work On Ubuntu Linux 137

New submitter Liberum Vir writes "Many of the people that I talk with who use Solaris-like systems mention ZFS and DTrace as the reasons they simply cannot move to Linux. So, I set out to discover how to make these two technologies work on the latest LTS release of Ubuntu. It turned out to be much easier than I expected. The ports of these technologies have come a long way. If you or someone you know is addicted to a Solaris-like system because of ZFS and DTrace, please, inquire within."
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Making ZFS and DTrace Work On Ubuntu Linux

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  • Re:ZFS on Linux (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SolitaryMan ( 538416 ) on Friday June 01, 2012 @07:57PM (#40188841) Homepage Journal

    I used to have very high expectation of OpenSolaris after Ian Murdock became the head of the project... But then Oracle came and destroyed all my hopes.

    BTW, is ZFS SSD-aware?

  • by bmo ( 77928 ) on Friday June 01, 2012 @08:49PM (#40189423)

    So was Java, and Google just spent roughly a bazillion dollars defending themselves for using something that looked like it. I can't afford to take on a case like that.

    So you take the Oracle vs. Google case as Oracle eventually going after individual users of legitimately licensed code?


    As much as I think Larry Ellison is a douchebag, he is motivated by profit. The results of this last case were less than optimum for him, going away from the case with bupkis and a bunch of fees from BS&F. Alsup also established he fact that independent implementation of APIs are not copyright violations, ever, under current law, which had not been proven until now, which is a big win for everyone including Google, and a stupendous loss for Oracle.

    Larry Ellison learned an expensive (David Boies doesn't come cheap) lesson here, that even his bluster and hubris doesn't win court cases.

    Google was not the loser here.

    ZFS and btrfs have free licenses and it's tough to put the worms back in the can once something is under a free license. Forks happen. Look at what happened to OpenOffice and Libre Office. Sure, Oracle can close off future code, but Very Useful Stuff like this gets forked by the community. There are enough smart people poking around in the guts of ZFS and btrfs that *do not* work for Oracle and the projects will continue on in the community even if only to give Oracle the finger.

    Your fears are overblown.


  • Low bar for entry (Score:5, Insightful)

    by outZider ( 165286 ) on Saturday June 02, 2012 @12:12AM (#40191159) Homepage

    So an article lacking knowledge of the technologies, any sort of testing, anything beyond "make install" or "apt-get install", will make it to the Slashdot homepage? This person openly admits that they didn't test ZFS beyond creating a zpool, and they don't know enough about DTrace to try... anything.

    As an aside, why was Linux capitalized, but Solaris was not?

  • Re:ZFS on Linux (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bheading ( 467684 ) on Saturday June 02, 2012 @06:26AM (#40192807)

    I agree that ZFS on a SAN doesn't make sense, but that seems to be to have been the intention; ZFS wasn't aiming to work with your SAN, it is aiming to replace it, and I'm sure had the guys at Sun remained in control SAN features would have been added to it. That's why NetApp brought them to court.

  • not a serious OS (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rubycodez ( 864176 ) on Saturday June 02, 2012 @10:03AM (#40193815)

    OpenIndiana has only made three "development releases" since 2010, it is not a production grade system. Just a hobbyist system.

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