Samsung provides free source code of exFAT driver for Linux




Samsung has the source code of its Linux driver for the exFAT file released. The code leaked earlier from unintentionally via GitHub, which caused some confusion, but now it’s an official release under the GPL license.

In June released the source code for a Linux driver for Microsoft’s exFAT file on GitHub. It soon became clear to the leaked source code for a driver to go which was made by Samsung, for use in some Android hardware. However, it was not an official release under the GPL license, which allowed the code. Simply not included in a Linux distribution With this official release complies Samsung or to the GPL terms, so writes Phoronix.

What this means for exFAT support in Linux is not yet clear. The file system developed by Microsoft is in fact patented. Several manufacturers, including Sony, Sharp, Canon and Panasonic, why pay money to be able to use. The file system is used, for SDXC memory cards. Or developers who use the driver from Samsung also need to Microsoft money off is not yet known.

Earlier this year, exFAT via a small detour already available for Linux users, through a FUSE implementation. FUSE offers every Linux user the ability to access’ Linux foreign “file systems, which need to be. The code is not included in the kernel within the user space access The implementation of Samsung will work just via a kernel driver.


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