exFAT in Ubuntu 11.10

Why exFAT you are probably wondering. I have 5 different OS in my house: MediaPC is on Ubuntu 11.10, I’ve also got OSX Lion and Snow Leopard, Windows 7 and Vista. I was wondering what is the best FileSystem to work with all of them. For full support of NTFS under OSX I’ve only found paid solutions, FAT32 has it’s limitations (4GB max filesize)… after doing some research I’ve found that exFAT should be the one I’m looking for. It is natively supported by OSX and Windows (even XP!) the only thing was to make it work with my Ubuntu :) So here we go:

First we have to install fuse-ext:

sudo su -
add-apt-repository ppa:relan/exfat
apt-get update
apt-get install fuse-exfat

Now we are able to manualy mount exFAT-formatted drives. To make it automatical we’ll need to install couple more things:

apt-get install build-essential
apt-get install ncurses-dev
apt-get install util-linux

Everything should be working nicely now :)

Done on Ubuntu 11.10.32bit.