Linked by fran on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:24 UTC
Legal "Linus Torvalds just can't help but be a thorn in Microsoft's side. First, he created an open source project that completely upset Microsoft's business model. And now, he has helped shoot down an important Microsoft patent in Redmond's crusade to wring licensing dollars out of Google Android and other versions of Linux."
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The vFAT patent
by siki_miki on Thu 29th Mar 2012 11:57 UTC
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Finally going down. Who'd think that Linux himself had the idea before Microsoft?
This one is very important for Microsoft, vFAT is standard for USB keys, and so phones pretending to be one have to pay to MS. Since Windows will not read any other format besides that (or NTFS), companies selling them have no choice but to use vFAT and license the patent (or stick to 8.3 naming). This will strip MS of a significan cash flow, if it is upheld, and is incredibly good news.

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