First Microsoft added a real #Linux kernel to Windows 10. Now Redmond wants to see exFAT in the mainline Linux kernel.
@killyourfm Can anyone shed some light on what Linux gains from exFAT, apart from being able to read thumb drives created on Windows and Mac out of the box? Also, why did Microsoft made this move with exFAT and not NTFS? Do they have big plans for exFAT?
more than a convenience: I've taken to putting small *FAT32* partitions on media simply to carry a README saying to check the drive for readable partitions on multiple OSes.
this guards against, for instance, someone plugging an ext4 volume into a Mac or Win machine and just formatting it, thinking it blank or corrupt.
@m_svo @killyourfm @unfa Please read through Karen's post linked here for the summary and what's the next step Microsoft should take for it to be a proper first step in giving back.
Here's a different view on the subject
@unfa @killyourfm @m_svo
That is mostly fear mongering. While we certainly have a reason to angry if MS doesn't honour its commitments and pull out of OIN or doesn't distribute the kernel themselves , Karen's post is more optimistic and rational (she warns about it clearly).
Since exFAT tends to be important and entrenched as a popular media format for video capture, this driver could lessen one barrier for adoption. Also a fair share of work will be done in staging before it's mainlined.
@killyourfm @unfa @m_svo
It's good to be a rational and cautious optimist. Gnu/Linux or other FOSS users have a reason to be afraid of MS not honouring the commitments or worse. I think this is the first exchange where they are not gaining a lot back. (at least I cannot make out major gains apart from good will and lesssons learnt from contributions to better exFAT file system driver support in Linux kernel). I would like native support for ext4 in Windows too.
@unfa @akhilvarkey @deejoe @killyourfm I read somewhere about a week ago that some 2020 Win 10 build is planned to include native ext4 support (since they already include a kernel in sping? 2019 build and allow access to WSL (Ubuntu from Windows store) files via explorer), just spent 30 mins looking for the source and can`t find it, sadly.
@killyourfm Maybe they've got a backdoor in it?
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