Ted Ts'o Joins Google and Helps with Ext4 Migration

Jan 15, 2010

Formerly kernel and file system developer at the Linux Foundation, Theodore Ts'o has been working at Google since January. His first project: The migration of the file system ext4.

The internet giant Google wants to migrate its data server from file system ext2 to the new ext4. Before the migration, Google carried out numerous tests which showed XFS and ext4 as equals. The possibility of online migration and probably the availability of kernel hacker Ted Ts'o for the job presumably swung it for ext4, as Michael Rubin answered in a benchmark discussion held on numerous file system mailing lists at the start of January.

Ted Ts'o blog entry confirms the change. He'll be working on kernel, file system and ''storage stuff'', he writes. The ext4 migration is definitely his top priority.

At the start of his blog, Ted offers his personal opinions regarding Google's change of policy in China, hence the title of his blog, Proud to be a Googler. After numerous attacks on Google and other accounts of human rights organizations, Google has decided to reduce/stop it's cooperation with the Chinese government regarding internet censorship. The attacks utilized a previously unknown security breach in Internet Explorer.

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