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File Systems

Sharing Files Between Windows and Linux 02.08.08

So, your Windows PC is already set up to dual-boot with Ubuntu Linux , and you've explored Linux enough to know that you want to live inside it for a while. Problem is, all your files are on an NTFS partition on the Windows half of your machine, and Ubuntu can't see that partition, no matter what you do. That's because Microsoft considers the workings of the NTFS file system a highly confidential trade secret (unlike the workings of FAT32, for example). What to do?

There's the old standby of e-mailing the files to yourself, or uploading them to an FTP site or a Yahoo! Briefcase or some such storage location. It works. But come on—it's 2008, already. For regular work you need something more direct, and Linux's development community has come up with multiple ways to work around Microsoft's roadblocks and help this happen.

Three quick and easy solutions present themselves: NTFS-3G, Samba, and NTFS for Linux. NTFS-3G is a driver that gives Linux users full access to NTFS drives installed on the same PC. Ubuntu's new Gutsy Gibbon distro includes the driver in the Synaptic Package Manager. Samba (also found through Synaptic) is designed to provide file and print services to all SMB clients, including Microsoft Windows. It functions primarily as a network utility, in effect mounting your NTFS drives onto your Linux network. NTFS for Linux is a powerful tool for IT managers, but the personal version gets you simple read/write access.—Next: Steps 1-2 >

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Serial Protocols

Serial Protocols Compared
By John Patrick
Embedded Systems Design
(05/31/02, 09:52:54 AM EDT)
Serial buses dot the landscape of embedded design. From displays to storage to peripherals, serial interfaces make communications possible.


Updated 2008-06-24