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Tuxera announced yesterday that they have joined Microsoft's exFAT Program and are developing their own exFAT drivers:

"Tuxera exFAT for Embedded Sytems will be first available for Linux."

What is exFAT and why should you care? Because the SD Card Association made exFAT the standard file system for the new SDXC cards, and because exFAT is a Microsoft filesystem that claims to be like so totally interoperable, but it isn't.

What does your home computer lab look like? Do you have a dedicated office, a corner of the living room, a lounge-in-bed setup? Maybe you're set up more like an old-fashioned terminal server, with a big workstation in a closet and several remote PCs. Maybe you have whittled your computing herd down to a single sleek laptop.

Thank you to Rufus Polson for this guest article!

All in all, I think Free Software users know from practical experience how to question and why to question; we also have learned about freedom in a way that most people don't get to--as a practical reality, an experience, not just a slogan.

We can't post all the worthy news and howto stories that are submitted to Linux Today, and there are many interesting but not exactly Linux-related stories that are sad to pass up. So here is an assortment of cool stories that didn't make the cut.

Apple Investigates iPhone Explosion Rumors

"Apple Inc is investigating media reports that one or more of the company's iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Tuesday."

Here is yet another small sampling of worthy Linux Today talkbacks. I wish I could post all the good ones, but since that would be most of them I'll save myself the trouble and point you to Linux Today.



Today's theme is sarcasm. As I was reviewing the Talkbacks I noticed that a number of them were splendidly sarcastic, so I collected them by sarcasm rather than subject matter.



The leadoff Talkback is not sarcastic, but an important reminder about how Skype users "agree" to let their PCs be used as Skype supernodes, and how in Linux you cannot turn this function off without jumping through some major hoops.



Virtualization, especially with nice virtualizers like VirtualBox and KVM, makes it easy to run multiple guest operating systems and not have to hassle with rebooting, like you do with a multi-boot setup. But I still favor multi-booting for testing new Linux distributions. There are fewer hassles with networking and file-sharing, and when there are problems I don't have to figure out if it's something weird with the VM.

The common wisdom is to have a shared home directory in a multiboot setup, but this has its own set of potential problems because it mixes data files and configuration files. So when you're trying out different distributions, your desktop settings may not translate gracefully across all of them. So what's the answer?