Captive is a project to create a wrapper around Microsoft’s ntfs.sys driver that allows linux users to get read-write access to their NTFS partitions. They are using WINE and ReactOS code to emulate parts of Windows environment needed to make the driver work.
Captive: NTFS Read/Write Filesystem Addon for Linux
Submitted by Kinh Luan Nguyen 2003-12-04 ReactOS 5 Comments
This is nice. Were going to see more of stuff like this as manufacturers become more uncooperative with drivers and information. And for those bits of hardware were the company is but a memory and any hope of help is the same.
Nice to see my submission right here 🙂 Really fast Eugenia !
I have downloaded and tested captive-ntfs on a notebook (Sony Vaio) here running Fedora Core 1. These are so far my impressions:
– installation of the RPM worked perfectly (it also scans the hdd for ntfs drives and creates entries in /etc/fstab plus the
directories in /mnt )
– first mount is slower than the Linux native NTFS driver from kernel
– read/write seems to work okay at the beginning….BUT i recognized a problem with big files. For example i tried to watch a movie sitting on one of my ntfs partitions…after 10 minutes or so mplayer stops. When i try to continue the playback mplayer loads and then just quits with “file ended”…really curious.
– i also once had a CPU raise to 100% for a few moments after mplayer stops working.
Maybe this is a bug or maybe it´s just because i used the RPM package which is not approved for Fedora (RedHat 9 was tested).
Any others share the same experience here ?
I’ve tried this before, but could never get it to mount my partition under 2.6.0-test# (prolly 7 or 6, i think). Anyone have any experience with this working outside of 2.4? (otherwise its not really worth messing with right now)
Some other solutions
Captive only for XP versions
You need a legal copy of Windows XP in ”most countries”
therefore this is not Free beer.
Apart from that it’s nice.. for me ~6 months too late though :'(
No wonder BillyG and Co. are scared of Linux. Linux looks more and more like Agent Smith, but in this case, Smith is a good guy.