[linux-lvm] LVM - History

James Parsons jparsons at redhat.com
Wed Feb 21 17:58:42 UTC 2007

Georges Giralt wrote:

> Greg Freemyer a écrit :
>> On 2/20/07, k <shikam at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> History of LVM
>>> I am researching about LVM, and looking for historical
>>> data, such as; how did it get started, who was
>>> involved, information about the functionality of the
>>> first release ( Was it supporting raid, Size
>>> restrictions, etc…), and any other historical data.
>>> I appreciate any suggestions you might have.
>>> Thanks!
>>> Shi kam
>> A key point was 3 years ago when Redhat bought Sistina.
>> See http://www.open-mag.com/features/Vol_90/Sistina/Sistina.htm.
>> Also see http://lwn.net/2000/0224/kernel.php3 for when it first got
>> into the vanilla kernel.
>> Greg
> Hi !
> If you plan to learn who invented LVM, you have to know that IMHO IBM 
> was the first company to include LVM into it's Unix flavor called Aix.
> Later, HP bought a software license and implemented it into HP-UX with 
> modification. The HP version is quite similar as the one we have in 
> Linux.
> Also, I think Veritas software has/had a comercial LVM version to fit 
> the Veritas journaled file system. I don't know if this was devised 
> from IBM research or a new implementation.
> Sistina software inplemented LVM into the Linux Kernel by making 
> something looking like HP flavor of LVM. But due to PC hardware 
> anlimitations, the LVM on Linux still lacks the ability to boot from 
> an LVM root, lacks mirroring (well, true mirroring....) and things 
> like that...
> I'm not sure about the exact status of Linux LVM on other platforms 
> than PC hardware...
> Of course, I'm not an historian, and I do not pretend to know eery 
> Unix flavor on the planet (even if I've put my hands on some really 
> old/or arcane) so you'd better check with the cited companies to 
> correct me if I'm wrong...
> Regards

No discussion of LVM history should take place without mentioning Heinz 
Mauelshagen, who did some of the earliest LVM on Linux work. Thanks, lvmguy.


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