Gordon Dexter on 2 Mar 2009 06:55:26 -0800

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [PLUG] FAT conflicts?

Bob Schwier wrote:
Didn't the older non-MS DOS's like Dr. DOS use fat?
Seems like one could not suddenly decide that something is patented that has
been in the public domain for 25 years.
I believe the patents in question cover FAT32 only.  That was introduced in Windows 95 IIRC so it's new enough to still be covered by patents.

What I'm waiting for is IBM's response to this.  They have a patent library that could easily go up against MS.  The only thing is that the usual cross-licensing agreement wouldn't work, since Linux isn't owned by a single company.

Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --        http://www.phillylinux.org
Announcements - http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug-announce
General Discussion  --   http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug