What filesystem do most people use, or choose when installing Linux?
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The ReiserFS may not be well maintained. Ext3 is the mainstay filesystem for Linux workstations. If this is for a video file server or a large database, one of the others like xfs or jfs may be better. Ext3 ( and ReiserFS ) are written to be used across a large base of computers, and so isn't optimized as much as some others, but is more reliable if you have an accidental shutdown, which is more apt to happen on a workstation.
If you are have a partition where you have large files such as videos then xfs is good. Other than that I have used reiserfs too and found it works just find. However, I always use ext3 other than for my video partitions these days.
ext3 is the pretty standard for workstation install. I have XFS running on an old Dell Latitude CPx, and am really pretty impressed with it. I have crashed/hard shutdown a few different times for different reasons, and have had no ill effects.
I always use XFS except for my boot partitions because I have many files that are in the order of gigabytes; but even for small files, xfs can be quite fast providing that the proper options are applied.