The tersely worded message only stated that “The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly.”
Apple’s interest in porting ZFS was first signaled in early 2006 when it contacted Sun’s OpenSolaris project; By August 2007 an early, read-only port of ZFS was published on Mac OS Forge and command line support was added to Mac OS X Leopard.
Comments by Sun executives had tipped of wild speculation that ZFS would become the default file system of Mac OS X, and pundits pounced upon the idea that Apple’s own technology was terrible and that anything it could replace with from outside sources would solve lots of problems for end users. The reality was that Mac OS X and third party software has lots of dependancies upon HFS+, and that ZFS really offered the greatest potential for server users. Most home Mac users don’t even have multiple hard drives to pool with ZFS.
Behind Apple’s backtracking on ZFS is Oracle’s announcement in April 2009 to buy Sun. While this should have no impact on other Sun technologies Apple has borrowed from OpenSolaris, such as DTrace, or other open source packages maintained by Sun under the GPL, such as MySQL, Sun’s ownership and stewardship of ZFS is at risk because Oracle already has its own advanced, open source file system: BTRFS.
In addition to Oracle’s unlikely desire to fund the ongoing development of two overlapping new file systems, Sun’s ZFS had already come under fire for patent infringement from NetApp as part of a patent war instigated by Sun.
Read the whole article: Apple shuts down ZFS open source project (AppleInsider)