Is exFAT compatible with Linux? Linux has support for exFAT via FUSE since 2009. In 2013, Samsung Electronics published a Linux driver for exFAT under GPL. On 28 August 2019, Microsoft published the exFAT specification and released the patent to the OIN members. The Linux kernel introduced native exFAT support with the 5.4 release.
Can I install Ubuntu on exFAT partition? No, you can’t install Ubuntu on an exFAT partition.
Linux does not support the exFAT partition type yet. And even when Linux does support exFAT, you still won’t be able to install Ubuntu on an exFAT partition, because exFAT does not support UNIX file permissions.
Is exFAT the same as ext4? exFAT uses a File Allocation Table with pre-allocation. Meaning files are likely to take up more space than the actual data. ext4 on the other hand has delayed allocation and a lot of other goodies that will make it more space efficient.
Can Linux read exFAT partitions? You can use exFAT drives on Linux with full read-write support, but you’ll need to install a few packages first. Try connecting an exFAT-formatted drive without installing the required software and you’ll often see “Unable to mount” error message saying “unknown file system type: ‘exfat’.”