2019-08-28

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Microsoft opens the exFAT file system. That it could work well on Linux

Opening Microsoft technologies, chapter ... I don't know which one anymore. This time the company is giving the developer community its standard for removable storage. It's about exFAT.

The basic file system used by Windows is NTFS, developed many years ago for Windows NT and developed to this day. Despite its undeniable advantages, it is not the best system for simple removable memory, in which NTFS is not needed, but rather simplicity and resistance to disconnecting memory from the computer.

Originally, Microsoft recommended the use of the archaic FAT32 system for such media. He still remembers the times of the Windows 9x systems and was definitely a temporary solution. ExFAT debuted with Windows Vista, lifting some of the old man's limitations.

exFAT, unlike FAT32, allows you to even save a file larger than 4 GB. It also allows you to change the cluster size to 32 MB, introduces indexing of empty memory space and removes the limit on the number of files in a given folder. However, this is the proprietary format ... at least to this day. Despite this, it is still popular.

Microsoft publishes exFAT documentation. The motivation is the implementation of its support in Linux systems.

And of course in all other platforms, although Linux is all about. The company has not announced this, but we assume that over 100 films that pay license fees for using exFAT will be exempt from further fees. The exFAT patent will still belong to Microsoft, but the company does not intend to use it to further charge licensees for costs.

The specification is available at this address . However, it is not a foregone conclusion whether the Linux community will benefit from this - Microsoft is one of its many members, it can at best promote its solution. However, it seems quite unlikely that this format would be ignored by this community, since it is free from today and its documentation available to all interested parties.



Microsoft opens the exFAT file system. That it could work well on Linux

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