MacFuse: Now there is Lovin' for the Mac on NTFS

I had previously written about my frustrations of not being able to write to a NTFS formatted hard drive, and then today, I found out that you could take advantage of the ZFS filesystem from the wonderful new podcast Macbreak Tech (xml feed), started by John Foster. See his announcement of the feed. Upon further searching a found a blog post by lifehack.org, that outlines how to write to NTFS.

First you have to install the ZFS implementation on mac called MacFuse.

The best thing about this for me, is that I found a GUI implementation of MacFuse called MacFusion, which allows you to mount FTP, and SSH as if they were network drives!

I can easily browse my website contents at Words and Interwebs as if it was a drive. This opens the door immediately for things, as in the preferences it will start and mount drives when you log in. This lets me easily backup my website using Automator actions. I don't have to use Transmit to do it anymore.

I originally heard about ZFS and it's history when I read an Arstechnica article talking about Time Machine, a new feature in the upcoming release of Mac OS X. I was hoping that ZFS was being implemented by Apple, but this article seems to debunk that myth. Although in further reading, maybe Apple is working on implementing it for Leopard.

The bad news is that this is still a relatively young implementation of the MacFusion GUI and of the core, MacFuse itself. The good news is that it only gets better from there, and you can still get a taste of it right now using these two installations.

ZFS will change how computer filesystems behave, and how you will backup your data. Maybe not right now, but it will eventually. Here's to hoping that Apple replaces the antiquated HFS+ file system with ZFS, or some derivative of it.

Edit (5/24/2007): Found a great tutorial on SSH-ing with MacFuse over on Lifehacker: Geek to Live: Mount a File System on your Mac over SSH