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ext4, the latest incarnation of the Extended Filesystem, was deemed stable and merged with the official 2.6.28 kernel source tree in October of this year. [official devel wiki] I'm wondering if anyone here has made the switch and tried it out yet?

I'm building a new 64-bit multilib workstation next week and thinking of going with ext4 from the start.
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One thing to note is there doesn't appear to be a boot loader that can handle booting ext4 filesystems. Grub 2 appears to be working on this, however, but it is definitely not stable. I will likely have a ext3 /boot for now.

Now that, with the upcoming release of 2.6.28, ext4 has been deemed stable, boot loader development will hopefully see more active progress. However, with that said, there's really no reason to really need ext4 on your /boot system.
Edited by N1ESE - 12/22/08 at 7:31am
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Well I'm going to let someone else be the guinea pig here. I lost quite a bit of data to ReiserFS, and I'll believe ext4 is stable, oh, probably a couple of years from now.
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Yeah, we'll see how this goes. I'm building a new system and don't have existing data to migrate. A "couple years" might be a bit extreme as there is solid development history behind it with ext2/3 and not a completely new filesystem like ReiserFS.
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Not to mention the guy who developed the filesystem being in prison.
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Not to mention the guy who developed the filesystem being in prison.
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Yeah, although it is still being developed, who knows what the future is for ReiserFS. It's probably pretty bleak.
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post #8 of 15
Hans has a nice Packard-Bell he can tinker with behind bars.

As for ext4, I think I will wait until btrfs comes around. It is basically a ZFS, but improved. Linux's answer to Sun.
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post #9 of 15
I don't think it's a default option in most distros. Therefore, I haven't tried it -_-
post #10 of 15
since there is a risk of losing data, ill wait until its stable. I didnt even know it was out though, thanks for the heads up.
    
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