More or 3 months ago if not more, the team involved in the development of the operating system Chrome OS, announced that it wants to remove support for the ext filesystem for hard disks and all external devices.
THEEXT (Extended File System), for the uninitiated, was the first filesystem created specifically for GNU / Linux systems. This first version, with time was replaced by other newer and better filesystems like: ext2, ext3 and ext4.
Also for those who do not know, because maybe little freak, these formats or better versions of the ext filesystem, are also present on some USB keys, microSD, SD and above all hard disk. With the initial decision by the team and putting the choice into practice, it has reached the point that the File.app present within the operating system Chrome OS is no longer able to recognize all those external media that had the ext / file systemext2/ext3/ext4.
As always happens in these cases, there must be a reason or a justification.
So here is the justification and the main reason, for which the team chose to follow this path, was based on the fact that the majority of external devices use the FAT32 or NTFS filesystems, while the percentage of external devices with ext filesystem is paltry .
They thought they got away with it. But as often happens in this case, after the announcement and the effective modification of the File.app, a mega tam tam has been opened on the net and many criticisms have been addressed to the Chrome OS development team.
The main criticisms concerned a nonsense, as does an operating system that underlies and is a derivative of GNU / Linux, not supporting the filesystem born since the dawn of Linux and even before Chrome OS!?!?
However, after a few months of "battle", apparently everything is about to change, in fact beng…@chromium.org, one of the developers recently declared on code.google.com: "Thanks to your comments regarding this problem. We also felt strong and clear. We intend to immediately re-introduce the ext / ext2 / ext3 / ext4 support in the File.app. Everything will be back as it was before and we are working to reinstate the support from the next stable release ”.
In short, the community has been right and has been heard, we see what the future holds for us.