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View Poll Results: Which Is Your Preferred Linux File System?
Ext2 was the de-facto file system for the longest time, but it seems we breezed through ext3 to ext4. Anyone care to share some real world experiences that gives them cause to favor ext3 or ext4?
I found that ext3 performed significantly better than ext2 on sparse filesystems, and ReiserFS performed better still. Since then, my need for such high performance filesystems has waned (so I don't worry about it in the first place) and the default on installed systems went to ext4.
I'd say the choice is more a matter of "not having a problem with the new stuff" than a conscious decision. Also, most of my systems that were built with distros that used ext2 or ext3 by default have all been replaced by now.
For everyday use I have a laptop and XFS.
On a file server at work I have ext4 (no UPS), with /boot mounted on an ext2.
BtrFS is amazing in certain cases, but is it stable enough?
I have used ReiserFS for a long time but I see no reason to use it nowadays.
I like xfs for big RAIDs, much better than ext3 (haven't compared with ext4) for large filesystems, and it can go larger than any of the ext2/3/4. For "normal" systems I generally use ext4 since it's the default on most distros.