Tuxera

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Tuxera Inc.
Type Private
Industry Computer software and Embedded systems
Founded Finland (2008)
Headquarters Helsinki, Finland
Key people Mikko Välimäki, CEO
Szabolcs Szakacsits, President and CTO
Website www.tuxera.com

Tuxera Inc. develops and sells file systems software. Its most popular products are Tuxera NTFS and Tuxera exFAT, both available on a number of platforms including Linux, Android, QNX and Mac OS X. Tuxera's customers include a number of consumer electronics manufacturers in mobile phones, tablets, TVs, set-top boxes, automotive infotainment and storage markets.[1] Tuxera NTFS for Mac provides read-write connectivity to Windows formatted hard drives for Mac OS X.[2]

The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. Tuxera's other offices are located in Silicon Valley, Korea,[3] Taiwan and China.

History[edit]

The origin of the company dates back to the open source NTFS development in the late 1990s. NTFS had been introduced in 1993 by Microsoft as the file system for Windows NT. At that time Anton Altaparmakov emerged as the lead developer and maintainer of the Linux NTFS kernel driver. Meanwhile, Szabolcs Szakacsits continued to lead a platform-independent project under the name NTFS-3G. In 2006, NTFS-3G became the first driver to gain full read and write support. Commercial activity started in 2007 and the company was founded next year. In 2009 the company signed agreements with Microsoft,[4] which was followed by global expansion and establishing the collaboration with chipset vendors and software platform companies.[5]

In February 2011 Tuxera joined The Linux Foundation, which was an expected step as for many years Tuxera has contributed to the Linux Kernel.

Embedded Products[edit]

Tuxera NTFS[edit]

Tuxera NTFS is a performance optimized, fail-safe, fully compatible NTFS file system driver. It ships for example in smart TVs, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, routers, NAS and other devices. It is available for Android and other Linux platforms, QNX, WinCE Series 40, Nucleus RTOS and VxWorks. Supported architectures are ARM architecture, MIPS architecture, PowerPC, SuperH and x86.

Tuxera exFAT[edit]

Tuxera exFAT solution is used for SDXC memory card support. Tuxera was the first independent vendor to receive legal access to exFAT and TexFAT specifications, source code and verification tools from Microsoft.[6] Tuxera exFAT can be found in automotive infotainment systems, Android phones and tablets from ASUS, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Pantech and others.

Tuxera FAT[edit]

Tuxera FAT solution provides interoperability and support for storage types such as SD memory card, CF card, Memory Stick, SSD, HDD via USB, SATA, eSATA, MMC and others.[7] Is used by chipset and hardware manufacturers, and software and system integrators for full compliance with Microsoft patent licences and GPL.

NTFS-3G[edit]

NTFS-3G is the original free-software "community edition" driver used widely in GNU/Linux distributions, including Fedora, Ubuntu, and others. In April 12, 2011 it was announced that Ntfsprogs project was merged with NTFS-3G.[8]

Consumer Products[edit]

Streambels[edit]

Streambels is a mobile app that allows to stream music, photos and videos from Android devices to DLNA receivers (smart TVs, set-top-boxes, wireless speakers, etc). It was launched in November 12, 2013.[9]

Tuxera NTFS for Mac[edit]

Tuxera NTFS for Mac allows Mac OS X computers to read and write NTFS partitions. By default, Mac OS X provides only read-only access to NTFS partitions. The latest version is 2013.2, released in October 2013.[10] Currently the software supports 13 languages: Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.[11] The software has full support for the new 64-bit kernels, including OS X Mavericks.[12] It also comes with advanced features such as NTFS extended attributes and is compatible with popular virtualization and encryption solutions including Parallels Desktop®, VMware Fusion® and TrueCrypt.

Tuxera Recovery[edit]

Application that recovers unintentionally deleted files. Currently available for Microsoft Windows platforms.

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