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some people might need an older file system to get/change files from an old/another filesystem on another system. If you want to just install Linux and don't have to do with other systems, of course you only need one filesystem (typically ext3). Today's Windows only uses NTFS, as far as I know, but FAT, which was used before, can still be used.
I say Linux is just flexible with e.g. file systems.
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Ever worked with a Mac ? I did for a while, it was a real pain because both Window$ and Mac refuse to be inter-compatible with one another. So you really had no way of transferring any kind of files between them using a floppy (this was about 10 years ago or so, when floppies were more prevalent, and it was in a place where floppies were more prevalent: an ancient computer science lab in El Paso). However, using Linux, and with the right filesystem modules built-in FAT, HFS support (I think they used HFS on Mac floppies, right ?) you can use both. Not to mention other filesystems that neither Mac or Window$ support or will ever support. Clearly, Linux is superior
Thanx Nylex........ It did not clear my doubt either.
Thanks It Austinium helped me to some extent.
The "how" is all in the VFS layer of the Linux kernel. The Linux kernel file system code is object oriented so that in order to create support for another file system one just needs to write a module of code that defines the appropriate commands (such as open, close, read, write, and seek) for the particular FS and Linux and all it's various tools can use it. In fact, it is so simple to do you can write a basic file system in a couple of hours...