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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
Famous last words.
2GB max for a file wasn't a problem in 1996 when they designed FAT 32, either. It would take over 5 days to fill that over a 33.6 kbaud modem in those days.
Now I can plug an HDMI-capable cellphone into a 1080p TV and stream multi-gigabyte Bluray rips over Wi-Fi. Yet I can't store them on the SD card because someone thought "it would never be a problem".
An f2fs teardown
Posted Oct 28, 2012 17:20 UTC (Sun) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
This is interesting comment. Note that FAT32 was explicitly designed as stop-gap solution for Windows96 (and then retrofitted into Windows95OSR2 when Windows96 become first Windows97, then Windows98). Long-term solution was supposed to be Windows 2000 (and later Windows XP) and it worked like a charm.
But then FAT32 was used for totally unrelated task (USB-sticks) and this is where it's limitation become problematic... and since Microsoft wants to monopolize this market, too instead of FAT32X we've gotten exFAT... which is, of course, not supported by many-many things because it's implementation is not free because exFAT is heavily patented.
Moral? F2FS limitations are fine for what's it's designed for, but if we'll try to use it for some unrelated tasks... we may be in trouble.
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