M$ to license FAT

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Fri Dec 5 23:21:51 UTC 2003

cbbrowne-HInyCGIudOg at public.gmane.org wrote:
>>As the title says. Impact on Linux ?
> If the claims are true, that there are "live" patents still in place on
> FAT, then it is conceivable that there might be patent infringments, or
> at least places where MSFT could _claim_ that there are.
> Of course, FAT is pretty much derivative of CP/M filesystems, so it is
> more than likely that any conceivable patents would have to have been
> filed in the '80s, and thus would have, at most, 3 more years to run.

The only place I use FAT, is on systems that also run Windows.  So, if 
those partitions are created by Windows and just happen to be accessed 
by Linux, would that be a patent violation?

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