Monday, April 11, 2011

NTFS-3G Merged With ntfsprogs

For sometime, there were two active projects related to NTFS, filesystem owned by Microsoft. They are NTFS-3G, which is developed by Tuxera and also ntfsprogs which is available on SourceForge.

NTFS-3G recently gained a lot of popularity due to it's ability to safely write data to Windows partition without corrupting it, something that ntfsprogs are not able to do for a long time. Due to this reason, many Linux distributions ships both ntfsprogs which are NTFS utilities and provide read-only access and NTFS-3G for those who need write access to NTFS partition.

Well, the good news is that now both project are being merged. Read the announcement here and they have released a new version called ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs-2011.4.12, released on April 10, 2011. The list of changes can be seen at their Release History.

Unfortunately, this new merged package won't come into 13.37. It's too late for that and it would have to wait until next -Current cycle starts after 13.37 is released. It's going to be a single package providing all access to NTFS partition. Very nice Yahoo