[linux-elitists] FAT is the new GIF?

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Thu Feb 26 16:04:12 PST 2009


Danger!  MSFT patents!  Larry Augustin writes,
"FAT32 is not an open and unencumbered technology."

http://lmaugustin.typepad.com/lma/2009/02/linux-microsoft-and-patents-its-time-to-get-the-fat-out.html

So is it time to start treating FAT support like MP3
today or GIFs back in the day -- something that can't
be included with a Free distribution, to be "burned"
and replaced with a Free alternative?  (some of the
flash-oriented filesystems might be a good choice for
the kind of thing people tend to use FAT for these
days: http://lwn.net/Articles/276025/ )

Or is FAT more like JPEG -- something that's subject
to bogus patent claims, but usable?

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