The upcoming kernel 5.6 has already received a bulk of changes and is set to release at the end of April. But, before that, the big update news for the next Linux kernel 5.7 is already here.
Last year, Linux kernel 5.4 was released with support for the Microsoft-developed file-system exFAT. As Microsoft’s technical specification for exFAT is already available publicly, the next Linux Kernel 5.7 is ready to include new and revised exFAT driver codes pushed by the Samsung engineers.
exFAT is a widely used file system for flash drive and SD cards that also supports the Linux OS. The current exFAT driver in the Linux kernel is based on the year-old snapshot of the file system driver.
Hence, Samsung engineers continue the development to further improve exFAT. Samsung is the leading contributor in exFAT codebase that aims to extend support to its Android devices and more.
The latest exFAT driver also enables access to Windows disk encrypted data. You can use the Linux encryption tool Cryptsetup to mount the devices.
New exFAT Driver Shifts To Linux kernel 5.7
The development cycle of Linux kernel 5.6 has reached its fifth release candidate. Among the file system changes, it includes the ext4 performance fixes and NFSD server-to-server copy support.
New driver code has been pushed forward to put in the next kernel release 5.7 which was expected to be included in earlier versions.