Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[2]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Threatened"
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FAT32 patents. That's how they got HTC.

Linux doesn't violate any of Microsoft's patents for long filenames on FAT32. Microsoft hold patents for being able to write both a long file name and a short file name (the old 8.3 FILE.NAM) for the same file at the same time in a FAT32 directory.

Linux doesn't do that. Linux writes either a long filename, or a short filename, but never both. It doesn't violate Microsoft's patent, because it simply doesn't do the patented function.

The FAT filesystem itself is an IBM invention, BTW.

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