Microsoft’s exFAT makes its way in the Linux kernel


Vlad Turiceanu
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Microsoft adds exFAT support to the Linux kernel

Microsoft announced that it will support the addition of exFAT technology to the Linux kernel.

exFAT is now available on the Linux kernel

exFAT is the successor of FAT32. The file system is used in Windows, SD cards, and USB flash drives. exFAT is the reason why these storage devices work properly when you plug them in.

And now, the Linux community will also be able to use it with confidence, as Microsoft stated in their announcement:

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. We also support the eventual inclusion of a Linux kernel with exFAT support in a future revision of the Open Invention Network’s Linux System Definition, where, once accepted, the code will benefit from the defensive patent commitments of OIN’s 3040+ members and licensees.

With this step, the tech giant is trying to make exFAT more popular, and maybe even surpass its older predecessor, FAT32.

For more info on exFAT, check out Microsoft’s technical specifications page.