M$ to license FAT

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Sat Dec 6 12:40:08 UTC 2003

Marc Lijour (Professeur d'Informatique) wrote:
> Le 5 Décembre 2003 18:21, James Knott a écrit :
>>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?
> I heard that the swap filesystem is build from FAT. Is that true?

I doubt it.  A swap partiton doesn't need a files system.  All the space 
is available for use.

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