Originally Posted by jay73
It does no really matter which filesystem is chosen - ext2/3/4, jfs, xfs, ... I would not use reiser anymore at this time as it is receiving less and less maintenance.
ext4 is the successor to ext3 is the successor to ext2. Thus ext4 with its better performance, greater robustness and de-fragmentation enhancements would be first choice from that series -- if you believe it is stable.
reiserfs is still the fastest at the cost of some resilience and recoverability and thus the one to choose where data integrity is less important than out-and-out performance.
XFS' efficient support for sparse files is important when supporting large sparse files and it is unique amongst Linux file systems in having a de-fragmentation tool (until ext4's is out and proven).
JFS performs well for a range of tasks and is reliable. What you'd expect from IBM!
VFAT (FAT32) interoperates with Windows and is the only one to interoperate with Windows 9x (ignoring older FAT systems). It is the only one to support hidden volumes under TrueCrypt.
NTFS interoperates with Windows NT series but works better under Windows than under Linux.