[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."


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?

Don Marti                                 +1 510-332-1587 mobile
See you at OpenSource World: August 11-13, 2009 in San Francisco
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