[CentOS] Centos 5 will have full NTFS read write support?

Wed Apr 4 16:52:46 UTC 2007
Greg Bailey <gbailey at lxpro.com>

David G. Miller wrote:
> John Summerfield <debian at herakles.homelinux.org> wrote:
>> David G. Miller wrote:
>>> > It wouldn't surprise me if NTFS was encumbered by some sort of 
>>> Micro$oft > intellectual property claim.  This would be sufficient 
>>> to cause Red Hat > to not build their kernel with it even if all it 
>>> takes to make it work > is to enable the feature in the kernel build.
>> Debian's as paranoid as anyone, but it ships NTFS.
>> Additionally, I've never heard any claims regarding HPFS, and as I 
>> came to Linux from OS/2, I think I'd remember such. And, RH has 
>> never, to my recollection, shipped HPFS either.
>>> > See one of the many flame wars over MP3 or some other IP 
>>> encumbered > technology as to why RH won't include it (and risk 
>>> getting sued).
>>> > > Cheers,
>>> > Dave
>>> >     
> I vaguely recall that IBM wanted to open source HPFS at one time and 
> was told by Microsquish that they wouldn't allow it.  Funny that IBM 
> went one better and open sourced JFS instead.
> I'm in kind of the same boat as you since I was an OS/2 user before I 
> switched to Linux.  I think the HPFS information was from a discussion 
> as to why IBM couldn't open source OS/2 as a means of continuing 
> support.  Remember, we're talking about the same Microsquish that has 
> attempted to patent the FAT file system.  I'd be very surprised if 
> NTFS wasn't IP encumbered.  Debian tends to be very paranoid as to 
> technical features and stability but they don't have the financial 
> exposure that Red Hat has when it comes to infringing IP.
> Cheers,
> Dave
Could it be that Red Hat doesn't enable NTFS in their kernels because 
they simply don't want to support NTFS?