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There's Still Work On Mainlining exFAT Linux Support

Linux Kernel

Published on 25 September 2013 03:32 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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There's still ongoing work to mainline the open-source exFAT file-system support within the Linux kernel.

As first reported by Phoronix there was an exFAT Linux driver that was published as open-source earlier this year and it turned out to be accidentally leaked from Samsung's Android source code. But in the end the issue was rectified by Samsung officially open-sourcing exFAT Linux support even though the Microsoft file-system is riddle with IP/patent issues.

While there hasn't been much to report on in recent times, there's now a kernel mailing list discussion about getting the exFAT file-system support into the Linux kernel's staging area. Right now the technicalities are being worked out by the developers to figure out what needs to be done and whether the upstream Samsung developers can be contacted and have any interest in mainlining their former source-code. There's likely more details to report in the coming weeks.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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