I got some write performance issues to my WD USB external drive using ntfs-3g. Web page: http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-faq/#dd
says use 2009.3.8 minimum, 2009.4.4 is last stable version with some performance improvements.
I want to keep my USB drive NTFS so I can still use in winXP directly if I need to and FAT32 no good due to filesize limit, ext2/3 support is flakey with windows.
If anybody can get for me or know if I can install a later sheeva plug version as apt-get installed ntfs-3g 2009.2.1 for me.
I checked my network speeds, iperf approx 400Mb/s both ways using gigabit ethernet @ 1000Mbs full duplex.
I used this to check: http://computingplugs.com/index.php/SheevaPlug_Performance#USB_storage_throughput
Checked with a 1GB file
Writes direct from sheeva to USB were 7.4MB/s, reads much better 22.6MB/s
Network remote writes using samba were of course slower @ 6MB/s and reads 13MB/s