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.
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.
- 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.
Uppermost on my list:
Compatible approaches to encryption
Core Storage is functional, and seems reliable, but it's terribly limited compared to ZFS …
- a 2012 post by me
- amongst the OpenZFS projects, I see a preference for compatibility with pool version 30.
Hardware and software most often used by me
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
Questions about MacZFS:
Questions about ZEVO:
- 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.
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.