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NTFS-3G Merges With NTFSprogs, Plus New Version

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Published on 10 April 2011 04:45 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The NTFS-3G project, which provides a file-system driver with read/write support for Microsoft's NTFS file-system on Linux, has merged with ntfsprogs. The ntfsprogs package provides various utilities for the Linux NTFS file-system like mkntfs, ntfsclone, ntfsundelete, and ntfsdefrag. Merging NTFS-3G and ntfsprogs was the logical move and now there's a stable release of the merged software: ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs.

As said on the project's mailing list, "The merged codebase will help to avoid duplicated maintenance of the large, complex NTFS codebase, so development can focus on enhanced functionality, reliability, and interoperability in the future."

This new release is labelled ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs-2011.4.12.

Besides merging the two code-bases, there's also many fixes to the NTFS-3G and ntfsprogs components. The changes can be found in the release history.

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