I agree. Reiser does an excellent job of handling the many-files-in-one-dir problem, avoiding the need for artificial hashing schemes.
Regarding reliability, I used reiser3 now exclusively on my 2.6.2 laptop and have done every murderous thing possible to it including hard poweroffs in busy-writes and numerous attempts to get software-suspend working (got it in the end but did many horrible things to my system in the process, reiser took it all without blinking).
I understand that there were problems in the past, and I would highly recommend that solid testing be done prior to deployment on a production platform, but I really do think the solution superior to the directory hashing workaround if the option is available.
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