Google is apparently in the process of migrating their current EXT2 file-systems over to the more current EXT4 file-system (Ubuntu 9.10 uses it by default)

Phoronix reports

This was brought up in a JFS benchmarking discussion. Google's Michael Rubin shared that they chose EXT4 after benchmarking it as well as XFS and JFS (possibly with our Phoronix Test Suite carrying out some of the testing, which they have used in other areas). Their results showed EXT4 and XFS performing close to one another, but with it being easier to upgrade from EXT2 to EXT4 rather than EXT2 to XFS, they went with the easier path. Btrfs is still too experimental for Google to even consider that an option at this point.

Also they have now hired the main developer behind EXT4: Ted Ts'o

Will Google become even faster with processing large quantities of data, and displaying them to the end-user?

Work is progressing nicely on OpenMediaVault. The OVM blog is up-and-running now where you can follow progress.

As you can see progress has been made on the bittorrent and iTunes/DAAP section over the last few days.

We have some screenshots:

For more screenshots, head here

The whole admin looks quite attractive,  and menu on the left is nice and colorful.

So far the menu consists of:


  • Cron jobs
  • Time
  • Notification
  • Power management
  • General settings
  • Network

Disk Management

  • Volume
  • S.M.A.R.T

Access right Management

  • User management
  • Shared Folder


  • NFS
  • BitTorrent
  • AFD
  • FTP
  • SSH


  • System Logs
  • Processes


Andrew Gillis has announced the release of VortexBox 1.0, a Fedora-based server distribution that turns an unused computer into a music server or jukebox:

"VortexBox 1.0 released. After several months of hard work we have released VortexBox 1.0. It has many of the features requested by the community including: FLAC to Apple Lossless (m4a) mirroring through the web GUI; MusicBrainz and CDDB used for ID3 tags; tool tips for each section in the GUI; Logitech SqueezeCenter 7.4.1 pre-installed and configured; software upgrade through the web GUI. VortexBox 1.0 also has a lot of bug fixes including better handling of existing cover art. You can update to this version from the command line."

Read the release announcement and visit the project's home page to learn more about this distribution.


So far the website is still a default joomla installation page. I'm sure the OpenMediaVault site will be filled with more useful content, when Volker Theile has made it clear for himself what OpenMediaVault is going to be, the roadmap, features for the initial alpha/beta release, etc

In the meantime, have a look at the OpenMediaVault SourceForge page, which was created on 03 December 2009.

Debian based NAS server

OpenMediaVault is a easy to administrate NAS based on Debian. Its primary target is the be open for adding additional services easily. The core system comes with a subset of services like CIFS/SMB, FTP, SSH, UPnP server,

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