WHO WE ARE
Tuxera is a technology freedom fighter. We believe people should have the freedom to choose the right device for the right purpose, without getting locked into any one brand or operating system. Our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, and many more devices.
Customer success is our success
Customers are at the heart of everything we do. We are attentive to their needs and work efficiently and flexibly to meet them. Everything we build, we also test rigorously. The end result is quality-driven, reliable storage and networking software, built to expectations.
When people are delighted with devices powered by our software, our customers succeed – and we share in their success.
Great relationships are built on trust
Our people work to achieve common goals, while enjoying the freedom to determine our day-to-day work. We have confidence that our colleagues will handle their responsibilities to the best of their abilities. An open door greets us when we stop by to chat with others, and all our company operations are transparent.
Trust and transparency carry over to our work with customers and partners. They know they can count on us to deliver what we promise. Our strong reputation in the storage industry is built on this assurance.
Make it work
Everything is possible. Our people are passionate and enthusiastic about what we do. We challenge the status quo and embrace new technologies and new ideas. We are committed to continuous learning and coach each other along the way. Together, we always find a way to “make it work.”
We’re better together
Tuxera strives to be a great place to work. Nurturing our people is key to our continued success. We are committed to maintaining a collaborative and fun working atmosphere. Enjoying our time spent together is a priority, not an afterthought. In our relationships with each other and the community at large, we embrace diversity and different ways thinking. From local student tech guilds to global standards organizations, we are active participants and contributors. We foster community spirit near and far.
We started out as just a few developers working separately on open-source NTFS file system development during the 1990s. Today we’ve grown to a team of over 70 people solving embedded Linux challenges for customers all over the world. Our founders chose the name “Tuxera” to reflect their belief that “Tux” (the Linux penguin’s name) would be the cornerstone of the new “era” of embedded development.
Linux NTFS and NTFS-3G
It all began with two Linux fans
Our story starts with Szabolcs Szakacsits (or just Szaka as we call him), a Hungarian developer. Szaka’s passion for Linux began in the 90s while he was working for a Hungarian company collaborating with Rubik’s (of Rubik’s Cube fame). In 1999, he set off for Finland – the birthplace of Linux – to work for F-Secure, and began studying the NTFS file system.
Meanwhile in London, Anton Altaparmakov, then at Cambridge University, began his own development work on the NTFS for the Linux kernel project with the hopes of getting read-write access to his own Windows documents on Linux.
NTFS-3G project website launched
New Linux NTFS driver in Linux
Great minds think alike
During the early to mid 2000s, Szaka continued studying NTFS technology in his free time as a one-man project in Finland. By 2007, Szaka had established a technical project website for NTFS-3G – through which people began requesting a commercial version, plus associated support. He stayed in Finland, but left F-Secure for Ericsson.
Back in London, the Linux NTFS project had changed hands completely to Anton in 2000. By 2002, Anton had completely rewritten the NTFS driver. Later in 2006, Apple hired him to write an NTFS driver for Mac OS X. But he continued to work with Linux NTFS on the side, supporting one customer.
Then along came the professor
In 2008, Szaka sought the advice of Mikko Välimäki, a professor at Helsinki University of Technology and legal expert on open-source issues. They met to discuss over drinks in a local Helsinki bar. That night, the passion to build a business based on Szaka’s development work and Linux consulting was born. Later, Szaka’s project was incorporated as a Finland-based company, NTFS-3G Technology.
NTFS-3G Technology name changed to Tuxera
Key NTFS developers joined
Licensing agreements forged
The era of Tux begins
Mikko and Szaka sought out key developers working with open-source NTFS technology, bringing Anton on board. Later that year, they reached a fast and friendly legal agreement with Microsoft to develop business around Microsoft’s NTFS technology. The deal also included a licensing agreement for another Microsoft file system technology, exFAT, and thus Tuxera exFAT development began.
NTFS-3G Technology was eventually renamed to Tuxera Inc. with Mikko as CEO, Szaka as President and CTO, and Anton as Lead File System Developer. By the end of 2009, they had one embedded customer in the US, two products (including Tuxera NTFS for Mac), a one-room office in Espoo, Finland, and two new developers: Erik Larsson and Jean-Pierre André. The company also joined it’s first key industry association – the SD Association.
Expansion into Asia and the USA
Tuxera exFAT, Tuxera HFS+, and
Tuxera FAT launched
Red Herring Global 100 Award
Tuxera software powering IVI in
And we have lift-off…
In 2010, the company began hiring sales and BD talents for the Asian markets, alongside technical talent. Offices in Sunnyvale, USA and Taipei, Taiwan were also established. Tuxera’s product portfolio expanded to include Tuxera HFS+ and Tuxera FAT, and our software shipped in a growing volume of consumer electronics.
By 2011, new offices in Seoul, Korea and Beijing, China were opened. The team nurtured partnerships with major chipset companies. Onward into 2012, Tuxera software was powering some of the most popular Android phones, plus in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) in cars. By then, Tuxera had grown to about 10 employees at HQ, plus sales consultants in the offices abroad. The company rounded off the year with the Deloitte Technology Fast Award.
Tuxera FAT modernized for
Android and Linux
AllConnect app and SDK launched
Tuxera Flash File System
Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA rank 5
Great Place to Work Finland 2015
Between 2013–2014, the team’s hard work solving customer storage challenges paid off – Tuxera gained position as the global market leader in file systems technology. In 2013, Tuxera FAT for Android and Linux were revamped, the AllConnect app was launched, and the company joined JEDEC. To accommodate an expanding team of about 30, HQ was moved to Helsinki.
By 2014 the AllConnect SDK was launched, and development of Tuxera Flash File System began. The company was also recognized as the 5th fastest growing software company in the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA listing. When 2015 came around, our software was inside drones, and we started developing Tuxera SMB. Our people remained positive – Tuxera was recognized as one of the best places to work in Finland for 2015.
Partnership with Microsoft expanded
through Tuxera SMB
CES 2017 Innovation Award
Honoree for AllConnect app
FAT+ launched as file system
standard for UFS cards
Great Place to Work Finland 2016
Setting new standards
For 2016, we expanded our partnership with Microsoft with the official launch of Tuxera SMB. The company opened a new office in India. We joined the Universal Flash Storage Association. Our headquarters moved to Espoo, Finland to accommodate our blossoming team. And we were recognized again with Great Place to Work Finland.
Later, Tuxera was named a CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree for our AllConnect app. Also in 2017, we opened offices in Germany and Japan. Tuxera grew to a mid-sized company with around 70 employees worldwide. What’s more, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work Finland – only this time ranking amongst the top ten! Plus, our FAT+ technology was announced as a file system standard for UFS storage.
The original vision the founders had about the “era of Tux” has become a reality over the course of Tuxera’s history. With IoT devices, connected cars, and an explosion of data for creating highly personalized services, the future of Linux software looks promising. We see many opportunities for growth going forward – and we hope to have you along for the ride!