I also used firewire mass storage under linux, and
found it to be very
good with both devices I used. I didn't do a decent throughput
comparison between USB2 and Firewire, but I suspect in both cases the
single disk was the bottleneck.
I've never gotten Firewire to work. Though I've not tried hard. I
actually don't even know how the Linux kernel treats firewire devices.
Is it just like USB Storage systems?
One problem with removeable drives under linux is that
mounting them in
specific places becomes slightly tricky if you have more than one
device. Under windows you just get 'next drive letter', which is
normally ok. You need fstab entries to have things automounted under
linux however, and if your insertion order changes, your device order
changes, and so you mount things in the wrong place.
FC3's hotplug/udev support is quite nice. Sure the device order can
change but it always mounts the drive in the same place. It uses the
filesystem's volume label to name the mount point too. Eg my 200GB
drive is always mounted as /media/SWAG as it's VFAT volume label is
It's possible it's some combination of your
controller and the device
itself. It's also possible that the Fedora Core kernels are tracking
some changes from the -mm series, which has caused some instability in
some specific areas.
Yes it could be any of these things. On the whole, quite annoying. But
I survive. Personally I wish we just used Ethernet for everything. At
least that works flawlessly. Everything should be connected to the
network. Sun's (now cliched) slogan of "The Network is the Computer"
makes a lot of sense. Why can't we just turn devices on and they all
connect wirelessly to each other. Or just if we're paranoid about
wireless security just plug them into the wired network. Ah well,
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