NTFS 3G - first experiences
Dual boot interoperability is an important issue when you’re running a Linux OS alongside Windows. It’s also quite a tricky one - we all know Microsoft aren’t exactly very helpful at making it easy for dual boot users to experience the best of both worlds.
One of the problems dual booters face is trying to share files between the Windows and Linux portions of their hard drive, as Linux’s support for NTFS, Windows’ default filesystem, has always been limited to read only, if any support at all.
I reported a while back on our sister site Gizbuzz that the Linux NTFS project aimed to put a stop to that, and build a fully-working read and write driver for NTFS, so that Linux can write natively to Windows partitions.
The NTFS-3G driver is one attempt at doing this, and I thought it was about time I tried it out and shared my experiences with it. As the driver is still pre-release, I wasn’t brave enough this time round to try it out on my main system, but in this article, I’ve been using Ubuntu Edgy to write to a Windows Vista RC1 NTFS partition.