updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue June 12, 2007
Leopard uses HFS+, not ZFS
Following statements made by Apple officials that openly discounted the possibility of Sun's ZFS for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, the company today said Leopard will include limited support for the ZFS file system via limited, read-only functions from the command-line. The news clarifies Apple's previous position that Leopard would not include ZFS support, but emphasizes that HFS+ will still be used as the default file system for the new operating system showed off at Apple's developer conference this week.
The "clarification", made by an Apple official, supports statements made by Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz last week, who said Apple would announce its inclusion of ZFS in the forthcoming operating system software. Apple will incorporate its well-known HFS+ as the default file system, according to the company, which falls in line with industry skeptics who said using ZFS as the default file system for Leopard made no sense, according to InformationWeek.