I was planning a fresh Linux install on an old computer with a not-so-powerful hard drive. I read that different file systems (due to different internal data structure and architecture) might perform differently. For example, Ext4 is a well known and stable file system which performs quite good pretty much always, but in some cases "competitors" like XFS might be better (with parallel I/O for example).

Given a normal scenario (programming environment), which one would you suggest, based on your experience? And why (this is actually the more interesting part)?

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ReiserFS always performed well back in the day, when all we had were slow drives.

I think ReiserFS has fallen out of favor, since Hans Reiser was convicted of murder, and it's not well-maintained, but it never had that many problems to begin with.

  • I read about that and that Reiser4 was on the go when it was basically shut down. Would you use it as of today, given the circumstances? Apr 7, 2016 at 19:30
  • @SamuelePilleri - I don't know about Reiser4, but the original ReiserFS was pretty good. I used it for some years on about 4 machines with no bad experiences. I personally never got killed, but your mileage may vary.
    – user732
    Apr 7, 2016 at 19:45

Actually im learning about how to program using python and usually making many shell scripts for many purposes for many scenarios. And I have installed a Debian based distro with zfs and it work as well. I have an IDE disk drive with 120GB and a CPU Pentium IV up to 2.4 Ghz and belive me, it works very fast.

I hope it will work for you.

Just try it and enjoy it.

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