Apple discontinues ZFS project, turns attention to own next-gen file system

Apple StoreApple has posted a notice on their ZFS open source site that states:

The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly.

One reason for dropping ZFS could be due to licensing problems with Sun who was recently acquired by Oracle, but isn’t Larry Steve’s good buddy?

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber writes that the real reason could be the “NetApp patent lawsuit against ZFS.”

“The flip side is that I’ve heard that Apple’s file systems team is full steam ahead on their own next-generation file system,” Gruber reports. “And, perhaps not coincidentally, they’re hiring.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. According to an anonymous poster at Slashdot:

    Apple’s CoreOS team includes several of the lead engineers from the ZFS project

    I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the above, but if true, this would explain a lot.

  2. @ Solaris SA for 15 years

    Apple pulling ZFS development is not a loss for 95+% (maybe even 99%) of OS X users — even OS X Server users. ZFS had distinct advantages when used with server farms. It had a few minor advantages when a user had a handful of disks. It had minimal advantages for the majority of Mac OS X users who have one hard drive and one backup hard drive. Losing ZFS is not *that* big a deal.

    Hopefully Apple has something already in the works to replace HFS+. We’ll all need it in five years or so, but right now HFS+ suffices for at least 95% of Mac OS X users.

  3. @ Shadowself, agreed — but Apple better be working damn hard on that replacement technology. If Apple could make an all-in-one MacMini Server / 8-slot Drobo-like unit ASAP, I have a couple dozen friends who would buy it in a second.

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