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Graham Perrin

Mac user since 1992; administrator of Apple server hardware and software.

I provide IT support to a broad range of users in research and higher education at multiple locations in Brighton, UK. One day I might give it all up.

ZFS-oriented interests

Vague awareness was transformed to interest by 2006 articles such as Time Machine and the future of the file system | Ars Technica.

After Apple's ZFS project closed, I remained aware of MacZFS. Whilst MacZFS software became stable, it lacked the feature set and ease of use that I require.

For Apple:

  • I test pre-release builds of OS X and other software titles.

For Ten's Complement:

  • in August 2011 I began beta testing Z-410 Storage
  • I continued beta testing after the release of ZEVO Silver Edition.

For the MacZFS project:

  • I occasionally alpha test OpenZFS ZFS-OSX
  • I'm more often present in IRC.

Everyday use of ZFS:

  • GreenBytes ZEVO Community Edition 1.1.1
  • Apple Mac hardware
  • Apple OS X
  • Apple Core Storage for encryption
  • the Core Storage logical volume is given to a ZEVO pool for my ZFS home directory
  • performance is limited by HFS Plus on the same internal disk.

In September 2013 I began experimenting with FreeNAS on a Dell Inspiron 545.

Wish list

Uppermost on my list:

Compatible approaches to encryption

Core Storage is functional, and seems reliable, but it's terribly limited compared to ZFS …

Hardware and software most often used by me

2009 MacBookPro5,2

8 GB memory

Seagate Momentus® XT ST750LX003-1AC154 solid state hybrid drive (sshd)

sh-3.2$ sw_vers
ProductName:	Mac OS X
ProductVersion:	10.8.5
BuildVersion:	12F37
sh-3.2$ uname -a
Darwin gpes3e-gjp4.local 12.5.0 Darwin Kernel Version 12.5.0: Mon Jul 29 16:33:49 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2050.48.11~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64

ZEVO CE 1.1.1

Contact

Instant messaging:

IRC:

Questions about MacZFS:

Questions about ZEVO:

E-mail:

  • I have numerous e-mail addresses, but most incoming mail nestles in a bottomless pit of umpteen thousand unread items
  • prefer instant messaging or IRC.

Orientation

Maybe due to my presence as a user in the ZEVO support forum, people sometimes imagine that I'm more interested in closed source than open source – not so. Simply, I prefer to use whatever is simplest and most productive for me … these things are:

  • Mac hardware
  • Apple operating systems
  • ZEVO for ZFS

– none of which diminish my wish for openness in a fair environment.