As of today, Microsoft is adding support for its own ExFAT technology in the Linux kernel. The distinguished Microsoft engineer and board member of the Linux Foundation, John Gossman, made the brief announcement on the open source blog. The Microsoft exFAT file system is widely used in Windows 10 and other types of storage devices, including SD cards, microSD cards and USB flash drives.
“It is important for us that the Linux community can make use of exFAT included in the Linux Kernel with confidence. To this end, we will make public the technical specifications of Microsoft exFAT to facilitate the development [the] of compatible and interoperable implementations. We also support the eventual inclusion of a Linux kernel with exFAT support in a future revision of the Linux System Definition of the Open Invention Network, where, once accepted, the code will benefit from members' defensive patent commitments and OIN 3040+ licensees "19659004] Microsoft provides a lot of information about the specifications of its exFAT file system on the Windows Development Center website. Microsoft continues to show its love and support for the Linux kernel. Stay tuned for what next to see why Microsoft loves Linux!
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