Paragon NTFS Driver On Track For Upcoming Linux Kernel


After a nudge from Linus Torvalds, the Paragon NTFS driver is set for inclusion in one of the next Linux kernels.

Paragon submitted a read/write NTFS driver for the Linux kernel back in August 2020. At that time, the patch was refused because it was over 27,000 lines of code. Since then, the company has submitted the patch in smaller chunks, which made it possible for the kernel maintainers to go through the code. This led to Linus responding (on to say "If the new NTFScode has acks from people - and it sounds like it did get them - and Paragon is expected to be the maintainer of it, then I think Paragon should just make a git pull request for it." 

Paragon made it clear they would be maintaining the implementation, so it now looks as if the patch will make it into either 5.14 or 5.15.

This driver includes support for both normal and compressed files, supports journal replaying and full journaling support over JBD, and will be supported (via Paragon) once it's merged into the kernel. The patch does not, however, include all of the Paragon utilities. To that, Paragon hints that there may still be a commercial version that will include everything. 

The only caveat to this is that there are already more advanced filesystems available on the market. But with so many businesses still depending on NTFS, this patch should be a welcome addition to a lot of admins and companies.


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