It seems that exFAT is to be the next standard filesystem for removable media. The problem is, it is designed by Microsoft and made proprietary. However, it is the standard FS for the upcoming SDXC cards.
Since exFAT isn't available for Linux, will it eventually get there? And if so, when?
Formating removable media for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, is really becoming a problem. There's FAT32 but the file size limit is becoming a problem as well.
I was hoping that UDF will be a cross platform filesystem, especially, since the latest revisions of UDF clearly state the targeting of hard drives. Microsoft, however, doesn't seem to care much about UDF on anything else than optical media, so I guess it'll become abandoned eventually.
It seems, that exFAT will take the place of FAT32, but since it's not available for Linux, I shouldn't format my USB sticks in it. Should I just wait till exFAT is available for Linux? Also, since Microsoft doesn't seem to be poised to open the filesystem for free implementations - there's licenses, etc involved - I might wait till infinity...
I still use FAT32 most of the time, but there are times, where I have to use something else, due to the file size limit. I usually reformat the drives in NTFS for that purpose, but still, the constant formating back and forth is quite a hassle.