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“Experimental” ZFS with Eoan Ermine

October 10, 2019.

Eoan Ermine installation.

Eoan Ermine installation.

Ubuntu’s next version (19.10, “Eoan Ermine”) will support ZFS in its installer, making it the first Linux distribution to offer native support for this first-class file system. But support will be “experimental” at first – i.e. do not install on production systems! The ZFS system provides many advantages, like the ability to take snapshots of your system to easily and quickly revert back to a previous state (for example, after a botched system update), the ability to manage multiple disks in a RAID-like system, data integrity verification, data corruption protection and auto-repair, support for very large storage capacities, good performance, replication, etc. If you’re interested in playing with the new ZFS implementation in Ubuntu, read Jim Salter’s very interesting article in Ars Technica.

Ubuntu Blog, “didrocks”, “Enhancing our ZFS support on Ubuntu 19.10 – an introduction.”

Ars Technica, Jim Salter, “A detailed look at Ubuntu’s new experimental ZFS installer.”