[linux-elitists] FAT is the new GIF?

Greg KH greg@kroah.com
Mon Mar 2 09:15:56 PST 2009


On Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 12:02:45PM -0500, Greg Folkert wrote:
> Yikes. So I guess its true that Microsoft *IS* going after Embedded
> Linux Vendors and possibly like Debian, Ubuntu, and so on in the long
> term.
> 
> We do really need to get those couple of patents knocked under. Wouldn't
> RockRidge extensions to ISO9660 be prior art for Long File Support?
> (1994 vs 1996 on the MS ones)
> 
> I hope/think there are some other pieces that are prior art in the FAT
> stuff. But I'm obviously not the authority to ask.

See Bruce Perens's article for more details about the validity and
possible reasons why Microsoft is doing this.  I think it should answer
some of your questions:
	http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3807801/Bruce-Perens-Analyzing-Microsofts-Linux-Lawsuit.htm

thanks,

greg k-h


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