Give it to me straight, /g/, can NTFS be used on Linux with no problems? Are the horror stories about tons of stuff not "just werk"ing true even for a noob distro like Ubuntu? Do you need to learn a ton of command line junk to use many of the open source alternatives to Windows only programs on Linux?
>Give it to me straight, /g/, can NTFS be used on Linux with no problems?
>Are the horror stories about tons of stuff not "just werk"ing true even for a noob distro like Ubuntu?
>Do you need to learn a ton of command line junk to use many of the open source alternatives to Windows only programs on Linux?
No, but it will make it easier.
>NTFS (New Technology File System) is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft.
>NTFS-3G is an open source cross-platform implementation of the Microsoft Windows NTFS file system with read-write support
Well the wikipedia page for it frightened me because it says:
>It is runnable on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, BeOS, QNX, WinCE, Nucleus, VxWorks, Haiku, MorphOS, Minix, Mac OS X and OpenBSD.
i.e. no Windows beyond CE is listed.
It's slower and requires more CPU than other file systems because the ntfs-3g driver is running in userspace. There are NTFS drivers that run within the kernel but you have t pay for them.
here's as realistic an answer as you can probably expect on /g/
- all the basics will work out of the box (including NTFS, which works way better on linux than it does on OSX
- most of the good desktop environments and beginner distros (e.g. mint, ubuntu) have a very small learning curve
- most users of other operating systems are confused by package management. but in essence it's no different than an app store, other than the fact that you can add your own software sources
- the quality of FOSS alternative varies depending on the software. there's some stuff on linux that I like a lot more than the windows alternative, and there's some stuff that's worse.
- WINE is very good these days, most applications 'just werk', including some that I wasn't expecting to. https://appdb.winehq.org/ is a good place to check if an application will work or not
- the basics will work without the terminal, but if you run into a problem with your PC, you may find yourself having to copy-paste a few lines into it. honestly i find that easier than navigating the labyrinthine windows control panel. if you ever want to learn it, you can pick up the terminal a bit at a time. if you consider yourself a 'power user' on windows, you should learn to use the terminal, because it can be magnitudes more powerful and convenient than anything you can do on windows
- if you have AMD graphics, your experience will suck
>There are NTFS drivers that run within the kernel but you have t pay for them.
>Having to pay for drivers
I thought Linux was meant to do away with such garbage? Who would even try to monetize stuff on Linux? Well I guess for enterprises...
The Tuxera NTFS driver is not only for Linux.
Anyway, ntfs-3g is good enough for the vast majority of scenarios. It's just if you need high performance, but then why would you be using a shitty file system like NTFS in the first place?
Seems pretty helpful. I just google all this stuff and see "mounting NTFS on Ubuntu?" with people listing off 7 steps of obscure commands one has to enter and assume it won't just "show up" when plugged in even on Ubuntu
NTFS performs terribly for me when on thumbdrives, as does fat and vfat. Not sure why, it doesn't seem a universal thing but my whole laptop grinds to a halt transferring several gb sized files to those.
Well you see, over here in Idiot Windows User land, when we look at NTFS-3G--when we see something like that--we assume it's a "version" of NTFS only for Linux.
Over here in Idiot Windows User land if we needed an NTFS driver to read and write stuff that is in NTFS we would just call it the "NTFS driver," not some weird name that makes it seem like a custom version.
Do you understand our Idiot Windows User mindset now?
- Overall, it'll work fine.
- Expect 10,20% slower, as it's a user level drive.
- Permissions and such are wonky on it, mainly a problem is trying to use it for linux stuff.
- I used it for a good year or so for my main media driver with no problem, before I reformatted it to ext so steam would work with it.
If you just want to transfer files back and forth between an external, it'll be fine, but a tad bit slower.