Finding the right file system


Article from Issue 65/2006

Many users just opt for the defaults and don’t think about the file system when they install Linux. But if better performance is your goal, it pays to do some shopping.

With today’s Linux systems, you can choose a filesystem in just a few clicks, and in some cases, you are not even asked to make a decision. Most users stick to their distribution’s defaults, possibly changing these values based on past experience. But if you have an eye on performance, it is worthwhile considering your filesystem choices before you install. We took a look at some of the popular Linux filesystem options and tested them with some real-world tasks.

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