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BTRFS Reliability - a datapoint

A little while ago I blogged about SSD caching under Linux and promised to report back should I encounter any problems with the (rather complex) stack of btrfs on dm-crypt on lvm on bcache. I have now run this setup for several months and indeed encountered a few issues.

Why you should give Mercurial a shot

Git has arguable become the most widely used version control system in the open-source and free software communities. However, if you can live without GitHub and don't need to manage a code base as large as e.g. the Linux kernel, you are much better of using Mercurial. Here is why.

What's wrong with Gnus

Gnus is a mail user agent (MUA) and newsreader written in Emacs Lisp. It is famous for being very configurable, and for being one of the few MUAs that come with a decent editor to compose your messages (by virtue of actually running inside Emacs). I have switched between Gnus and Thunderbird as my primary MUA several times over the ...

SSD Caching under Linux

I recently found myself with a spare 128 GB SSD disk and decided to try my hand at setting up SSD caching under Linux. My personal desktop system so far stored all data on traditional spinning disks. However, a little while ago I got a new computer at work that comes exclusively with SSD storage, and since then I've ...