Fedora Linux Desktop To Switch From EXT4 To Btrfs Filesystem By Default


A few months ago, with the release of the latest Fedora 32, the development of the next stable version Fedora 33 started. As the development cycle of 33 is still underway, a new proposal was sent to bring major changes to the Fedora desktop variants.

The proposal includes transitioning from ext4 to Btrfs filesystem by default for Fedora Workstations and Spins across x86_64 and ARM architectures. Subsequently, Fedora developers also organized a test day on July 8, 2020, to experiment with the new filesystem features.

The final test result will be declared in a few days. However, you can track the live results page. If the testing image with the proposed change passes all tests, we can expect the Btrfs filesystem by default from the next Fedora 33.

As per the schedule, Fedora 33 will probably be released in the month of October. It would be exciting to see the new Fedora with the modern Copy-on-Write (CoW) filesystem, Btrfs, along with other system-wide changes.

Btrfs surely brings benefits to Fedora by resolving several problems such as running out of space, storage data corruption, filesystem resize, and complex storage setup; the primary goal of this feature is to be largely transparent to the user.

Also, the number of modern features that Btrfs support has been marked as stable. You can check out the list of Btrfs features with stability status here.

Besides Fedora, very few Linux distros also use Btrfs by default like openSUSE and Kaisen Linux. Since Fedora is an upstream and community distro of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), RHEL may also look for Btrfs if Fedora adopts it.

Did you know Fedora is the favourite Linux distro of the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds? Check out his latest computer system with Fedora Linux.

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar is a software engineer by profession with interest and experience in Blockchain, Angular, React and Flutter. He loves to explore the nuts and bolts of Linux and share his experience and insights of Linux and open source on the web/various prestigious portals.
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