[linux-elitists] FAT is the new GIF?

Greg KH greg@kroah.com
Mon Mar 2 07:53:56 PST 2009


On Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 08:02:50AM -0500, Greg Folkert wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 16:04 -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> > 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?
> 
> Real question:
> How different is the FAT/VFAT/MSDOS Partition code in TomTom's Kernel,
> vs say a Kernel.org kernel or even RedHat's or Gentoo's or Debian's or
> any others for that matter?

It's identical.



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