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    SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    I was basking in the happy news of the SteamOS when I suddenly thought, "What files system should the SteamOS use by default?"

    I understand that Btrfs is still technically experimental, but it has become very stable over the past few years of intense development. I personally prefer Btrfs, but what do you guys think?

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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    I don't think SteamOS will need the btfs features, so they will use Ext.

    This is so not a burning question for most people!
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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    News link.

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24207129

    Very interesting development.

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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    Btrfs is more optimized for SSDs than Ext4, and SSDs are popular among gamers.

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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    According to omgubuntu, SteamOS is going to be based on Ubuntu 12.04, so I would have thought they would use the default filesystem (ext4).

    That said, it seems like it will just be another Linux distro (albeit with a TV-centric interface), so it should be possible to set whatever filesystem you want (that Ubuntu 12.04 supports).
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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsoup View Post
    According to omgubuntu, SteamOS is going to be based on Ubuntu 12.04, so I would have thought they would use the default filesystem (ext4).

    That said, it seems like it will just be another Linux distro (albeit with a TV-centric interface), so it should be possible to set whatever filesystem you want (that Ubuntu 12.04 supports).
    Source?

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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    Quote Originally Posted by King Dude View Post
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    "Although not confirmed by Valve, we’ve been told that Steam OS is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS."
    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/09/v...nounce-steamos

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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    Quote Originally Posted by King Dude View Post
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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    If it's going to be based on Ubuntu, I guess we can kiss Wayland support goodbye.

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    Re: SteamOS: Ext4 or Btrfs?

    Oh, that makes sense - it means they'll be able to maintain Ubuntu as a platform and not have to write anything twice. If Valve takes the Mir route instead of Wayland, it frankly makes Ubuntu a lot more secure as a platform. (Bit of a slap to everyone else, of course, but that's because it's Mir.)
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