Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft and RIM have announced that RIM has licensed Redmond's exFAT patents. The press release contains a ridiculous amount of hyperbole nonsense, and if you translate it into regular people speak, it basically comes down to RIM paying Microsoft protection money for stupid nonsensical software patents. Ridiculous articles like like this make it seem as if we're talking about patents on major technological breakthroughs, but don't be fooled: this is because for some inexplicable reason, we're using crappy FAT for SD cards.
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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by tidux on Wed 19th Sep 2012 14:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

I'd say ext4, really. It's safer than ext2, and actually faster on flash media. It's only a tiny bit slower than FAT32 but can do silly things like hold a 4.7GB DVD iso.

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by Morgan on Wed 19th Sep 2012 14:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I thought journaling file systems were bad for flash devices though? That's why I was suggesting simple non-journaling file systems. I'm not a file system expert by any means though. ;)

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RE[4]: Comment by marcp
by Neolander on Wed 19th Sep 2012 15:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by marcp"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I thought journaling file systems were bad for flash devices though? That's why I was suggesting simple non-journaling file systems. I'm not a file system expert by any means though. ;)

I think the "journaling is bad for flash devices" part depends on one's priorities when it comes to mass storage. Personally, journaling has brought me so much benefits in terms of convenience and reliability in the past that I wouldn't want to live without it, no matter what the underlying hardware is.

After all, if modern flash drives couldn't handle journaling, they likely wouldn't survive constant writes to small user files either, which is exactly what many modern OSs do. The optimizations that are used for one, can likely be used for the other too.

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RE[4]: Comment by marcp
by libray on Wed 19th Sep 2012 17:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by marcp"
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

The journal is not the problem. The problem with the default mount options for ext2,3 and 4 are asynchronous writes in the name of speed. Mount all those disks with sync if you want safer.

This is all divergent from the article though. RIM, All Android makers, camera makers, and pretty much any device that reads an SD card must support FAT to interop.

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