Re: [ANNOUNCE] Linux-NTFS project, first public release

From: Jeff V. Merkey (
Date: Sat Feb 03 2001 - 21:02:31 EST

On Sun, Feb 04, 2001 at 12:37:16AM +0000, Anton Altaparmakov wrote:


I am noticeable impressed with your ability to address these issues.
Microsoft would be much happier I am certain with a pure Linux solution
for this problem. They have been incredibly tolerant in allowing
me to help customers with trashed drives, but I am sure you are
aware that they were only tolerating it since it was helping
customers who use both NT and Linux, and even this was quite
a stretch they did not have to go. It's a statement that even in
those cases where tey may be helping Linux, they put their customers
needs first (this took some convincing on my part).

They are very angry at me right now for even doing this in the
first place, and I doubt the relationship will ever be back on
the keel it was originally, but since I work on Linux almost
exslusively now, I do not think it matters.

Good Work, A++.


> At 01:16 04/02/2001, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> >To date, I have provided tools to 7,000+ folks who use this driver that
> >trash their NTFS partitions. TRG will discontinue distribution of these
> >tools at this point since Anton has a Linux based version.
> >
> >Please do not email me for any more NT based repair tools for damaged
> >NTFS partitions trashed by Linux. Please contact Andre and use his
> You probably meant Anton in the sentence above...
> >tools instead. I will inform Microsoft I will no longer be providing
> >these tools since Anton now has something that will do the job.
> The NTFS disk edit utility you were providing does quite a lot more since
> it is interactive. And my utility doesn't do everything I would like it to
> do yet but it does work so I wanted to push a release out of the door ASAP.
> But it doesn't really matter. The NTFS disk editor is a relatively freely
> available utility as I found out recently, anyways. It is present on the
> Windows NT4 Service Pack 4 CD! It's not mentioned anywhere in the
> documentation but it sure is there among the service pack files. I managed
> to dig the out in our College computer office and it's now officially mine.
> That has the advantage of not binding you to the license of only using it
> for repairing NTFS partitions... (-:
> Best regards,
> Anton
> --
> Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at> (replace at with @)
> Linux NTFS Maintainer / WWW:
> ICQ: 8561279 / WWW:
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