This is a newbie question. International Developer magazine (December 2003) in the UK talks about an upcoming new Linux kernel - 2.6. On page 41, it says "A file system feature that won't have as much up-front impact right now - but whose implications for future are extensive - is support for metadata." I am wondering what exactly they are indicating through "metadata". Is it the Dublin Core (http://dublincore.org/
) related metadata work in XML framework? Or is it something to do with file system indexing and fast searching, etc. A pointer to some detailed discussion on this on any kernel related website would be very helpful.