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I'm a big fan of ZFS on FreeBSD (I've been using it on my home server since before it got stable; bleeding edge, baby!) and I'd like to try out btrfs to see how that's evolving.

Since it's still largely in development, none of the usual mainstream distros have btrfs as an option. I haven't used Linux in a bunch of years, so I don't really know what my best options are for giving btrfs a try.

Requirements:

  • easy to install
  • btrfs supported without requiring me to rebuild the kernel

Thanks!

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I was going to suggest Gentoo, but then I saw other requirements... Interesting question. –  AndrejaKo Sep 20 '10 at 14:06
    
I to was interested in looking at BTRFS because the development of ZFS seemed to have stalled. Fortunately, ZFS is going to remain alive thanks to FreeBSD. Also with the release of EXT4, I don't know how much of a push there is behind BTRFS. I was hoping ZFS and BTRFS would push each other to be better and better and learn from each other. –  Scott McClenning Sep 21 '10 at 3:29

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openSUSE 11.3 has btrfs support, and is pretty awesome.

Btrfs has been developed to become the next generation default Linux file system. openSUSE is the first distribution that lets you choose Btrfs in the installer.

The installer will warn you that Btrfs is still experimental, so be cautious of using it on production system. You also have to remember to setup a separate /boot partition as the boot loader will not boot from a Btrfs partition yet.

openSUSE fanboi here

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Downloading now, thanks for the tip! –  chrish Sep 21 '10 at 14:53
    
You're welcome @chrish –  Sathya Sep 21 '10 at 15:26

Besides openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 provides support (not technology preview) for Btrfs.

Besides Btrfs, openSUSE 12.1 and SLE[SD]11SP2 also ships with the Snapper utility, which will help you manage snapshots. Both Snapper and its YaST plugin (yast snapper) provide the function to discover the content of a snapshot and the difference compared to another snapshot. The YaST disk partitioning module is also aware of Btrfs and will provide a recommended setup for subvolumes.

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Ubuntu support Btrfs as well, quote from official ubuntu Btrfs

As of 11.04-beta1,
 it is possible to use only btrfs file systems with the caveat
 that grub _MUST_NOT_ be installed to the boot sector
 of the btrfs volume containing /boot. 

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Debian supports it.

I've had it installed on a server of mine and running for about six months now. No issues, really.

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Sabayon linux (Gentoo-based) has btrfs support too, is easy to install and is much more newbie-freindly than Gentoo.

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