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Damn Small Linux => DSL Ideas and Suggestions => Topic started by: richard14110 on February 07, 2014, 09:09:39 PM

Title: Boot From ExFAT, NTFS, And Ext4
Post by: richard14110 on February 07, 2014, 09:09:39 PM
If ExFAT is supported in the future, there would be no 4GB file size limit for both Windows and Macintosh computers unlike FAT32. Recent Macintosh and Windows operating systems can format partitions to ExFAT with the use of Disk Utility, Terminal, Disk Management, Command Prompt, etc.

If Damn Small Linux is able to boot from NTFS, Damn Small Linux can be installed to an existing Windows partition without formatting for new Linux users. Ext4 allows more folders and has a higher file size limit when compared to Ext3.


Title: Re: Boot From ExFAT, NTFS, And Ext4
Post by: CNK on February 12, 2014, 10:55:58 PM
It would be difficult to add support for those file systems to DSL due to the old kernel version it is based on. At the end of the day, DSL wasn't designed for working with huge files (although it can do that with ext3), or following the trends of the latest mainstream Operating Systems. For example, the machine I'm posting from at the moment has a total storage capacity of about 4GB across two 2GB HDDs.

The DSL-N concept is more suited to what you suggest. Indeed it is likely that newer file systems would be supported if a new version of DSL-N were released.

It may be possible, perhaps with a CoreBoot BIOS, to load DSL from an NTFS partition in a similar way to a LoadLin install (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/loadlin_install.html). However it would be a lot of work, and unless you could get ntfs-3g installed, you would still have a problem accessing large files saved with DSL because they would be in the compressed image file on the NTFS partition. It would no doubt be easier to put DSL on its own partition, and use an ext3 driver on Windows to access it.

Title: Re: Boot From ExFAT, NTFS, And Ext4
Post by: TaroTaoYin on October 11, 2014, 08:23:36 AM
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