When I want to use a USB drive between Linux, Mac and Windows, I need to select a partition type first. FAT32’s limitation is that the file size: only 4GB and below can be supported. So I looked for the alternative and the answer is exFAT.
Here is the instructions how to mount an exFAT partition on Ubuntu 10.04(from here, Mac and Windows support exFAT by default):
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It seems that for Ubuntu later than version 11.10, exFAT is supported by default.