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Comment GEOM (Score 1) 460

I could not agree more. I have used many of the GEOM features, they all work perfectly. The partitioning scheme, in particular GPART and GLABEL, make working with USB and other hot-swappable devices much easier and less error prone.

The FreeBSD motto is "the power to serve", linux laptop users should keep that in mind.

Comment Re:Phoronix fluff (Score 1) 335

I had not seen that article yet, thanks. However, it still misses the point. ZFS is *not* intended for 4GB workstations with single hard drives!

I'd like to see them benchmark a ZFS setup with 3 or 4 RAIDz pools concatenated into a 10 to 20 TB partition spanning 10 to 15 physical drives, with an MLC L2ARC. Throw 48GB of ram and an 8 core processor at it as well. Next, properly tune the InnoDB and logging partitions. Then, benchmark MySQL. Finally, try a large update/join spanning many tables, using foreign keys and stored procedures-- and:
-- pull the power plug, see if there is any data corruption
-- do a ZFS snapshot, live, see if the benchmark notices the difference
-- add more RAIDz pools to the live file system

People choose ZFS for the reasons in this article:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/zfs-data-integrity-tested/811

Sorry to hype on ZFS so much, but that is where my expertise is. Their benchmark was testing a scenario that nobody would be encouraged to ever actually use in the real world. It makes me seriously doubt the usefulness of their other benchmarks (like HURD) when they make such an obvious (to me) mistake as to omit these important details.

Comment Phoronix fluff (Score 2) 335

Phoronix has a history of questionable choices for their benchmark setups. Hardware, versions, and tuning are... cleverly chosen, almost as if there was a preconceived agenda with inevitable results. Not that there is one-- just like it seems like there is. And so colorfully presented! I remember when they tested ZFS on an i386 version of FreeBSD on a 1G laptop! Others have also noticed this Phoronix phenomenon:

http://forums.freebsd.org/archive/index.php/t-16396.html
http://www.kev009.com/wp/2008/12/phoronix-benchmarking-statistically-significant-and-other-performance-concerns/

The whole point of Hurd, at least right now, is tangential to benchmarks. Nothing wrong with testing, of course, but I think the results should not be used for any long term planning. Nobody is planning on launching a business running on Hurd servers... yet.

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