Re: [SLUG] How will MS use the FAT patents?

From: steve szmidt (
Date: Thu Jan 12 2006 - 11:36:49 EST

On Thursday 12 January 2006 11:02, Richard Morgan wrote:
> This has really cast a dark cloud over the Open Source community and shows
> how a company like Microsoft can stifle the marketplace by restricting the
> use of FAT (especially with such a widespread technology). I don't
> understand how Microsoft could possibly get a patent for something that has
> been used for the last 20 years by the whole computer industry. IANAL.

FAT is easily enough replaced, but as you said many are already using it.

> I know that my digital camera and PDA uses FAT for the flash storage
> devices which I also use with Linux and I'm concerned with Microsoft using
> this patent to prevent this HUGE market from being used with Linux.

I would imagine a good number of lawyers are very busy looking to see what can
be done. Of course we don't know if MS is going to play nice or not...

> Anyway, I downloaded ext2 drivers for my Windows machines last night...

Yikes! I did not know they had ext2 drivers for windows. To bad. Opens the
door for a dual boot machines to hack the linux partition. It used to be
limited to the boot sector, which is bad enough.


Steve Szmidt

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