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RE: [LUG] Micro$oft's FAT charges
If Microsoft truely own a patent on the FORMAT (questionable) and not just
the software for read / writing FAT then they have a case. Going to be a
bit of a bind on Memory Card producers and there users (MP3/Digital
Cameras/Pen Drives), still I guess we could always suggest to the
manufacturers that they save their money (licenses and legal fees) and move
to say ext3 format. I shouldnt think its that hard to convert the cameras
software, heck the source code is free, which is a good start, and as its a
USB feed at the other end its just a case of picking up messages to read /
write blocks of data ? Or am I being ignorant ? Maybe Microsoft hold a
patent on the right to read / write blocks of information as well, who knows
Anyway before I go (totally) off into total daft mode, as Princess Leia said
"the more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through
your fingers". So as far as I am concerned Microsoft can bring it on. Im
just off to re-format all my dos partitions on my linux box .... hang on a
minute .... I havent got any !!!!!!
Microsoft could use this to their advantage to kill the dual boot market.
Presumably only their routines (and those of anybody mug enough to by their
license) would be licensed to use a fat partition, therefore any non
licensed third party routines (like vfat.o) would be in violation. Its going
to be hard for thoes that would like to ween themselves off microsoft slowly
via the dual boot method. This is all under the assumption that the fat
format has a valid patient on it ( I suspect FUD, but I better check with my
lawyer before I make any wild accusations !)
Seriously Microsoft must be in deep financial trouble if they need to go
this far to live on "the FAT of the land" or in this case "FAT of the disk
drive". Maybe they need the money for the next round of patent aquisition ?
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