ZFS is a modern filesystem originally developed by Sun Microsystems and licensed under the CDDL. An open-source fork of ZFS can be found at http://open-zfs.org/ , which is supported by ZFSonlinux.org, illumos.org and ZFS developers in the FreeBSD & MacOSX communities.

ZFS is supported out of the box on a number of operating systems:

  • Solaris 10
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • FreeBSD
  • NexentaStor
  • illumos - specifically, illumos-based distributions, like:
    • Nexenta's illumian
    • Joyent's SmartOS
    • OpenIndiana

Due to license incompatibilities, the CDDL licensed ZFS code cannot be distributed as part of the GPL licensed Linux kernel. Other alternatives methods are available for running ZFS on Linux:

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