USB Thumb Drive
smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Thu Dec 2 06:26:04 UTC 2010
In freebsd-questions Digest, Vol 339, Issue 6, Message: 22
On Wed, 1 Dec 2010 15:59:30 -0500 Jerry <freebsd.user at seibercom.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Dec 2010 12:36:43 -0600
> Ryan Coleman <ryan.coleman at cwis.biz> articulated:
> > As the page says, it's READ ONLY in Linux... kinda pathetic. Thanks,
> > Microsoft, for changing things AGAIN so you cannot be shared safely
> > with others.
> First of all, exFAT is a major improvement over FAT32 for Flash drives.
So is UFS, especially if you use suitable parameters to makefs :)
> The fact that it is apparently only READ ONLY in a Linux environment
> has nothing to do with Microsoft but rather with the FOSS community at
> large. They could either purchase a license, which of course they
> won't; or they could reverse engineer a driver for it.
That's rich, Jerry .. you expect FREE, OPEN SOURCE operating systems to
pay Microsoft for a licence to implement a PROPRIETARY, CLOSED SOURCE,
PATENT-PENDING filesystem? Or reverse engineer it and risk a lawsuit
for patent infringement, should the US Patent Office rubber-stamp it?
Ok, benefit of the doubt: how much would a licence to implement exFAT so
it can be freely distributed with FreeBSD cost the FreeBSD Foundation?
No real clues at:
but as an insider you should be able to get us some more solid info?
> There is also this link on the page:
> Perhaps that might be of assistance.
To the ability to freely distribute exFAT access with FreeBSD? Hardly.
> In any case, I find using removable drives far easier on a Microsoft
> machine anyway
Unless you were being compensated for such inconvenience, it's amazing
that you'd ever consider using anything other than 'Microsoft machines'.
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