Tue. Jul 14th, 2020

Ubuntu 20.10 continues to improve ZFS

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From Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release to the current two-week, Canonical and the Ubuntu community also has its attention to Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla. The latest weekly meeting of the development team concluded that it seems that some more exciting changes will be made in ZFS.

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As early as Ubuntu 19.10, the development team has added the experimental root file system of ZFS (OpenZFS/ZFSOnLinux) to its desktop Ubiquity installer as an experimental option. With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, using ZFS as the root file system is still an experimental option, but they made some improvements to the UI of the installer, upgraded the ZoL snapshot, and provided more improvements around the Zsys daemon, including automatically generate ZFS snapshots on APT transactions. This is combined with the support of the GRUB boot loader, if a serious software package failure occurs, you can quickly roll back to an earlier version of the system.

ZFS will be the development focus of Ubuntu 20.10. Canonical employee Jean Baptiste Lallement mentioned that he has started to analyze ZFS encryption technology and is preparing to participate in various internal conferences on “started analysis on ZFS encryption and various meetings on ZFS and Enterprise Desktop.”

Although it will take another few months to see the results of the team’s improvements to ZFS for Ubuntu.