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[5]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Threatened"
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So basically, it's illegal to make devices that are compatible with how every memory card on the planet is meant to be used? Surely, the cards are meant to be used with FAT32 since they come pre-formatted that way. Of course, devices that complement Windows powered devices are allowed to use FAT32. Outcasting camera makers, for instance, would just make FAT32 less useful. Microsoft probably want all complementing products, but no competing products, to use their "standard".

There is no problem with FAT32. There is only a problem with writing both long filenames and short filesnames on a FAT32 filesystem for the same file at the same time.

This is why makers of SD cards are not sued ... there are no files on the cards.

This is why a lot of cameras save files as 8.3 filenames. Have you seen my latest photo .... DSC21867.JPG ?

(DSC probably stands for Digital Still Camera, BTW).

None of this violates Microsoft-held patents. The FAT filesystem is an IBM invention ... floppy disks existed with FAT filesystems well before the first ever version of MSDOS.

Linux doesn't violate Microsoft's long filename on FAT32 patents either, because it never writes bot a long filename and a short filename for the same file.

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