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Re: exFAT -- Microsoft's latest Linux killer?

____/ nessuno on Saturday 12 Sep 2009 11:24 : \____

> On Sep 11, 2:07 pm, Richard Rasker <spamt...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> A few days ago, I received a help call from one of my users, complaining how
>> she couldn't read the USB drive she borrowed from a family member; it
>> simply wouldn't mount.
>> At first I thought that the device had simply crapped out, but the owner
>> insisted that it was working fine on his Vista machine.
>> After some research I found out that this particular drive had been
>> formatted with something called exFAT. And after some more research into
>> exFAT it would appear that this new file system, while offering significant
>> improvements over FAT32, neatly fits in Microsoft "competition killer"
>> line-up of OOXML and SilverLight:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT
>> "exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a proprietary, patent-pending[1]
>> file system suited especially for flash drives, introduced by Microsoft
>> for embedded devices in Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and in their desktop
>> operating system, Windows Vista Service Pack 1.[3]"
>> http://blog.linuxtoday.com/blog/2009/08/some-answers-fr.html
>> "Q: Tuxera is an open-source company-- is the new exFAT driver OSS? Will
>> Linux and other FOSS operating system users be able to use it?
>> A: Our agreement with Microsoft does not allow us to develop an open
>> source exFAT driver at the moment.
>> ...
>> Q: Who the heck thought it was a good idea invent yet another filesystem
>> (exFAT), and then make it a closed proprietary filesystem?
>> A: Ask Microsoft. ..."
>> In short: There's no unencumbered Linux support for exFAT on the horizon
>> yet. And then there's this:
>> http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/News/Tuxera-Closes-ExFAT-Patent-...
>> "The SD Association, an alliance of more than 1,100 companies using SD
>> technology, had selected the Microsoft filesystem standard for its SDXC
> Microsoft...Standard?  Isn't that an oxymoron?

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Rather, we should call 'to me' to the industry and set a standard that works now 
and is for everyone's benefit. We are large enough that this can work."


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