ExFAT, the Prolonged File Allocation Desk, is Microsoft’s file system for flash drives and SD playing cards, which launched in 2006. As a result of it was proprietary, mounting these drives and playing cards on Linux machines usually concerned putting in further software program. At this time, nevertheless, Microsoft introduced that it’s supporting the addition of exFAT to the Linux kernel and publishing the technical specs for exFAT.
“It’s necessary to us that the Linux neighborhood could make use of exFAT included within the Linux kernel with confidence. To this finish, we will likely be making Microsoft’s technical specification for exFAT publicly accessible
to facilitate growth of conformant, interoperable implementations.”
Along with wanting it to turn into a part of the Linux kernel, Microsoft additionally says that it hopes that the exFAT specs will turn into a part of the Open Invention Community’s Linux definition. As soon as accepted, the code would profit “from the defensive patent commitments of OIN’s 3040+ members and licensees,” the corporate notes.
Microsoft and Linux was mortal enemies — and a few within the Linux neighborhood undoubtedly nonetheless consider Microsoft as anti-open supply. As of late, although, Microsoft has clearly embraced open supply and Linux, which is now the most well-liked working system on Azure and, optionally, a part of Home windows 10, due to its Home windows Subsystem for Linux. It’ll nonetheless be fascinating to see how the neighborhood will react to this proposal. The aftertaste of Microsoft’s technique of “embrace, prolong and extinguish” nonetheless lingers in the neighborhood, in any case, and never too way back, this transfer would’ve been interpreted as yet one more instance of this.