Author: Aaron Language: text
Description: Btrfs and Net Neutrality Timestamp: 2017-05-28 16:00:33 +0000
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  1. Hey Dan and Wes, I love you with every part of my body.
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  3. I'm writing to voice not one but two unpopular opinions.
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  5. First, I want to say that I'm a bit leery of Net Neutrality. Don't get me wrong, I don't want ISPs or backbones giving preferential treatment to partners. On the other hand, I don't know how much I want the FCC involved with the internet, given their penchant for limiting free speech on other platforms, like TV and radio (not to mention the current political environment which is beginning to incline towards limitations on speech from both sides of the ailse). I don't want the internet to become like TV and radio.
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  7. The thing is, net neutrality doesn't strike at the root of the problem, which is the monopoly that a few companies have on the internet, a monopoly which is reinforced by regulation. I think if the regulations that favor the incumbent in the ISP market were removed, net neutrality would cease to be a concern, or at least would be much less important. Competition is the cure. Sorry to get politial. Dan started it. I agree that, with things as they are, net neutrality is important, but it's just propping up a fundamentally broken system.
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  9. Second thing: I've been using Btrfs for years on personal machines and reaping the benefits of CoW, snapshots, soft RAID, checksums, and free compression for years. It's the default on OpenSUSE, and nobody in that camp seems to have any problems. There are a few things they say not to do (and have always said not to do): most famously, don't use RAID 5 or 6. So I buy more disks. No bigs (though I do think this feature should be disabled by default if it's as potentially destructive as they say). Second, don't use the "check" command on a fs that isn't broken. Just scrub it to validate integrity.
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  11. Sure, Btrfs can get slow as you begin to reach disk capacity, and you need to have some hygiene about snapshots and metadata to keep that from happening, but if you treat your Btrfs partitions right, you get a lot of goodness at a much lower performance cost than ZFS.
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  13. That said, can someone please explain to me what happened that made everyone so paranoid about Btrfs?
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  15. I dunno. I never have any problems. Maybe it's just me.
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  17. xoxo,
  18. Aaron
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