Linux Gets A Proprietary, Read-Only ReFS File-System Driver
Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 31 August 2016 at 08:31 AM EDT. 29 Comments
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While Microsoft's ReFS file-system has been around for a few years to date there is no mainline Linux kernel driver supporting this file-system that's more advanced than NTFS. But there is now a read-only ReFS Linux driver and it's proprietary.

ReFS is ultimately looked at as the next-gen successor to NTFS on the Windows side with better resilience, improved reliability, and more. If you are sharing data with Linux systems though hopefully you are using NTFS or even FAT32 for better interoperability but if you are already using ReFS, a read-only Linux driver is now available.

Paragon Software released today a read-only ReFS Linux driver. This driver supports reading ReFS 1.x volumes, can be installed easily, etc. Paragon is making their ReFS driver available for free, but it's closed-source and per their other products don't look for it to be open-sourced.

This ReFS driver can be downloaded at their new ReFS Linux page and you can learn more via this blog post. Hopefully in time there will be a clean, open-source ReFS read-write driver for the mainline Linux kernel.
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