Which Linux disk format should I use?

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  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I started installing Ubuntu, and I had to choose between a bunch of disk formats. I've heard of JFS, but I've never heard of XFS or ext2 and 3. Which one is the best, or what usage is each one best for? And will Windows be able to read any of them?
     
  2. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Just use ext3. Windows won't be able to read any of those filesystems anyway.

    ext2 is the standard linux filesystem. ext3 is an extension of ext2 that incorporated journalling (you won't lose data in the event of a power loss or a hard reboot).
     
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    Dude... ReiserFS is the bomb. Too bad its not in any distros (or is it?).
     
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    Not sure, but i run ReiserFS with any install I'm able to, mostly SuSE though.
     
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    I have always used ext3 for Linux
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    It's in every one I've tried lately.

    I'm a big fan of XFS myself. It's nice and fast and has a superb set of utilities accompanying it. Also, it can handle file systems of up to 9 Exabytes, which is completely useless to most of us, but cool anyway. I've had a few bad experiences with Reiser, but I haven't used it lately and have heard that it's vastly improved. I have a lot of friends who absolutely swear by Reiser.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Where does JFS fit into this picture? Is it just too old nowadays to be worth using, or what?
     
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    Reiser has been on everything I"ve install as of late.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I don't think JFS really offers any advantage over other, better-supported filesystems for Linux. I don't know of anyone who uses it :dunno:
     
  10. Joe_Cool

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    So what advantage over ext3 do XFS and Reiser offer to John User?
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Speed. EXT3 is not bad, being journaled and everything, but it's based on an old-fashioned file system (EXT2). Reiser and XFS were both designed from the ground up to be fast.

    There's a really good wikipedia article about file systems.
     
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    I used to use Reiser, now I'm on XFS.
     
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    Xandros (Debian based) uses ReiserFS by default in its "quick" setup
     
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    XFS is the best option out of your choices. Fast, feature packed, secure, stable. ext2/3 is good as well, very stable, but not as fast and featured due to it's age.
     
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    Anyone got a comparison of XFS/ReiserFS? I'd heard that Reiser was way ahead of everyone, that it was the bestest fastest filesystem available.
     
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    I very much favor reiserfs. It seems to have better performance than the rest. With EXT2/3, you can get a windows driver to give you read/write support though. At home, I have my (k)ubuntu on a couple of reiser partitions and then I have a huge ext3 raid1 volume that I use with both nix and windows (dual boot).

    I think you can get a similar driver for reiser, but I'm not sure. The ext stuff works pretty well. You can't defrag or set permissions from windows, but linux automatically takes care of that stuff when it boots and mounts the volume.
     
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    Reiser support still isn't in the main kernel line, is it?
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's been in there since 2.4
     
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    Reiserfs != Reiser4

    Reiserfs has been included since 2.4 I think.
     
  21. Penguin Man

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    Daniel Robbins of Gentoo has written an excellent article (13 of them, actually) comparing a number of journaling file systems. I read pretty well the whole thing in the summer, and learned a lot from it. Reiser is ahead of XFS in certain areas, and XFS is ahead of Reiser in certain areas, so it really comes down to application and personal preference.

    The articles are here:
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5
    Part 6
    Part 7
    Part 8
    Part 9
    Part 10
    Part 11 - this part has a direct comparison of XFS and Reiser
    Part 12
    Part 13
     
  22. Peyomp

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    Kick ass post!
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, this one worked out pretty well. Most of my topics die in a couple of days.

    I ended up using ReiserFS with my Ubuntu. Now that it's installed, the inquisitive floodgates will open.
     
  24. coronet

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    I'm using ext3 on my distro, and I've noticed lauching applications is kind of sluggish. One thing I've noticed signifgnantly over NTFS is that it doesn't slow down the more and more you use it. Anyways, I'm intrquied by ReiserFS; is there a way to switch to this without reformatting ( :o )?

    Lastly, I've been taking online tests/polls that tell you which OS is the best choice for you, and I keep scoring debain, with ubuntu only shortly behind. But is not ubuntu the same thing, but it has more updates so I won't be outdated? should I just keep ubuntu or swap to debain?
     
  25. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Ubuntu is Debian-based. They've worked a lot on the default interface, and (like you say), they keep it very up-to-date, but everything you can do with Debian you can do with Ubuntu.
     

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