OpenSolaris: Noted on zfs-discuss
Since the break, I’ve been working with Gary, Steve, Derek and Alan—plus Dermot and Bonnie, neither of whom blog—on the source code repository hosting for opensolaris.org, which I expect will come out of Beta pretty soon. The hosting model we worked out showed its versatility last week, when we added Mercurial support to the test site with only a few hours of work. (We had been doing the initial development using only Subversion repositories.) There are still a few bugs to fix and a few features to add, but adding this capability will take our open development effort a sizeable step forward.
But I’m still keeping up with the mail flows. One particularly interesting alias is zfs-discuss, which is a mix of the ZFS developers, early adopters, and potential deployers. There’s been discussions on reliability, Thumper, and a few issues people have had using
zpool(1M). Occasionally, something more curious pops up, like Jim Connors’s posting, where he reveals
… I have a version of Solaris 10 U2 with ZFS functionality with a disk footprint of about 60MB. Creating a miniroot based upon this image, it can be compressed to under 30MB. Currently, I load this image onto a USB keyring and boot from the USB device running the Solaris miniroot out of RAM.