EXT2IFS : linux files on windows…..

Many of us who are dual booting their PCs have a pain when it comes to sharing resources between windows and Linux.

Let’s see what options do we have when it comes to data sharing between two o.s.

1) keep a separate partition as FAT32 for complete interoperability and then keep common data in that partition.

2) second solutions comes easy when we need to access files from windows partition in Linux,
we have native support for FAT32 as well as native read only support for NTFS (extendable to full RW (read Write) support using ntfs-3g) more on this later.

But lets today focus on the other side of the sharing…..

WHAT if you wish to access files from Linux partition while running a windows partition.

AT THIS POINT I WOULD like to introduce you to EXT2IFS which stands for EXT2 Installable File System for windows.


From the official site

It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys, which actually extends the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista operating system to include the Ext2 file system. Since it is executed on the same software layer at the Windows NT operating system core like all of the native file system drivers of Windows (for instance NTFS, FASTFAT, or CDFS for Joliet/ISO CD-ROMs), all applications can access directly to Ext2 volumes. Ext2 volumes get drive letters (for instance O:). Files, and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of all applications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in order to work with them.

details can be seen at http://www.fs-driver.org/index.html

download EXT2IFS

although there remains some issues,

  1. file system gets case insensitive (due to inherent limitation of windows.)
  2. files with starting “.” which symbolizes hidden files are all available for public access.
  3. security and user group permission becomes invalid because windows is unable to understand and hence all the files are accessible in windows (including /root to /home folder for all person’s using the system while on windows.

Instead of providing screen shots of my own i would like to redirect you all to the official screenshots

ALSO this is not an open source product this is a freeware.
Open source product that is under development is EXT2FSD.

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some blog updates

IF you might have noticed,

the left hand side has a new widget,

my google reader shared item’s are now accessible through my blog.

shifted the hosting so feedburner is now fully working.

most of my time these days was spent on my latest project’s including currently launched linux gurus forum

I hope to get some more time for blogging now.

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Story of a hard core piracy lover turned a FLOSS evangelist

Let me first introduce myself

I am Anant Shrivastava a floss enthusiast and i am presenting here a story of my intro
and working with GNU/LINUX.


The story of my introduction to linux starts in 1998.
When i was in 7th standard i had a deep passion for computers
and the first computer magazine i bought was PCQuest
it was the gaming special :-), from this i got the information
that the next issue will cover LINUX.

Till that time i didn’t knew what it is and for the first time
i thought that it will be some kind of a new software and to my
utter disappointment it came to be as a operating system which
was of no use to me(which later became my first distro).
I read about it in the magazine and not even a single time a thought
like lets give it a try came in my mind.

This was my first interaction

Life continued monotonously with a big hole (what we generally call as WINDOWS).
The things started to change when i did a course on HARDWARE ASSEMBLY
(if i remember correctly P-II where latest at that time(Y2K) and P III was on its way to the market).
Their i got a hand on experience to install windows and other softwares off course not knowingly i was thought how to do piracy. Then i was deep in piracy for couple of months.
One day while cleaning my shelfs the copy of PCQUEST which i bought in 1998 came in my hands and in curiosity i started reading it, then i asked my friend that have they used
linux so far or not and what i got in reply was a big NO.

Being adventurous by nature and also after reading some more stuff on Linux i thought that “LETS GIVE IT A TRY”.

I was having an old 486 with 50MHz speed, i though that lets try on this pc and i installed it with the help of the installation guide (if i remember correctly it was RHL 5.2). One of the important reasons to install and use LINUX was that when ever i declared that i use LINUX many eyes were raised and many questions were asked and that was what i wanted (to be in the lime light). I never tried to learn about how to do all the works it was just a show peice
for me till that time (this situation changed soon).

In 2001 i laid my hands on RHL 8.0 and till than i was very much fed up with the piracy work i installed it on my latest pc giving out 10 GB’s of my memory and this time i concentrated on it for knowledge purpose, when i got a hint that it was build on net i searched on net and got to know a lot about the GNU, FLOSS and other such terms as well as the philospy. it is after reading all this throughly i moved on my path to be a FLOSS PRIEST. to be frank till now all what i have learned is through my self practice. after successfully running GNU/LINUX
(now i knew correct word is GNU/LINUX and not LINUX) i helped about 10 of my friend in the 2003 to start of their working on LINUX. Then a thought came in my mind to give some thing back to the society which has given me so much from that time onwards till now when i am writing this story
i have helped about 50-75 persons to switch over to GNU/LINUX and also have helped many others to solve their problems related to installation and peripheral configuration. in the past two years i concentrated my self on the installation and peripheral configuration as i saw it as a big hurdle in the path of switch over. then i joined my local glug and worked to spread the word of FLOSS in the community.
this is how it all begin and till now their is no looking back.

i hope this story will help some one to switch over and be part of FLOSS community.

© Copyright 2007, Anant Shrivastava.
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire article is permitted in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

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HELLO (My First Post)

Hello everyone,

first of all thanks for dropping down at my blog.

Today after so many people have told me and also persuaded me, I finally decided to start a blog.

This blog will act as a my daily journal containing

1) my professional world related stuff.
2) my adventures (real and virtual (computer) world)

I will also share my thoughts and beliefs with the world on various ambiguous topics also.

Anant Shrivastava

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