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Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by Portreve » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:30 pm

Evidently, it's become a priority for Microsoft to get full support for exFAT within GNU+Linux.

Microsoft wants to bring exFAT to the Linux kernel
TechCrunch wrote: ExFAT, the Extended File Allocation Table, is Microsoft’s file system for flash drives and SD cards, which launched in 2006. Because it was proprietary, mounting these drives and cards on Linux machines generally involved installing additional software. Today, however, Microsoft announced that it is supporting the addition of exFAT to the Linux kernel and publishing the technical specifications for exFAT.

“It’s important to us that the Linux community can make use of exFAT included in the Linux kernel with confidence. To this end, we will be making Microsoft’s technical specification for exFAT publicly available
to facilitate development of conformant, interoperable implementations.”
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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by athi » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:12 pm

That is just good marketing. If your product is exFAT standard licensing, the closer to 100% device saturation, the higher the user base and lesser the chance of competition. That is one thing that MS always understood, since the days of Bill Gates.
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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by michael louwe » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:52 am

Portreve wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:30 pm
Thoughts?
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Some background information ....... https://www.androidauthority.com/high-c ... ns-690710/ - High capacity microSD cards and Android - Gary explains. - 2016

Not all newer Android phones/tablets support exFAT, which is the default format in high capacity microSD cards = affected users need to reformat the cards to ext4 = Windows apps for Android, eg M$ Office, likely will not work with ext4 formatted cards. Similarly for iOS phones/tablets.
....... So, M$ may be kow-towing to the mighty mobile OSes.

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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by gm10 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:08 am

Tune up your LM 19.x: ppa:gm10/linuxmint-tools

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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by Pierre » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:04 am

there has been several announcements, during today:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft ... en-source/?
For years, Microsoft has profited from its FAT file system patents.
- Now the company is making it explicit that it's freeing its remaining exFAT patents for Open Invention Network members.
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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by michael louwe » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:43 am

Imagine, this may be a precursor to M$ one day acquiring LM or Ubuntu to replace Win 10, like how M$ will soon be replacing her failing Edge browser with open-source Chromium.

Google has done extremely well with her Linux-based Android mobile OS that has many contributions from the Linux developer community through the AOSP(Android Open Source Project), free of charge. Similarly for Red Hat's RHEL and her Fedora/CentOS. M$ would likely want to copy Google's cheaper OS development model.

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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by Portreve » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:35 pm

The GPL has as one of its major tenants that libre code may be used for any purpose by anyone wishing to do so, provided they don't violate the GPL in the process. I assume other libre licensing schemes are similar. Therefore, Microsoft could decide to abandon Windows entirely and craft their own distribution, and nobody in the libre developer community could say or do anything about it.

I don't personally like the thought of Microsoft becoming another distro maker, but one thing I would like is the GNU+Linux community could then claim victory.
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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by michael louwe » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:47 am

Portreve wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:35 pm
I don't personally like the thought of Microsoft becoming another distro maker, but one thing I would like is the GNU+Linux community could then claim victory.
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If this comes to fruition for Win 10 or maybe Win 365, M$ will probably adopt Red Hat's business model, ie subscriptions for security and feature update support and extra payment for full tech support, including on-premise tech trouble-shooting by employess of M$. Please read this ........ https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft ... on-bundle/ - Microsoft is readying a consumer Microsoft 365 subscription bundle - Dec 12, 2018.

IOW, in the end, there will no longer be any standalone Win 10 and M$ Office licenses for sale = subscriptions-only - similar to the subscriptions-only Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC since 2013. Before 2013, Photoshop licenses could be bought for a one-time fee of US$699. From 2013, it was subscription fees of US$120 per year.

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Re: Microsoft to release full specs of exFAT for Linux kernel

Post by vansloneker » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:42 pm

It's too bad the card and stick default has become FAT. Ext4 is so much better.
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