Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft and RIM have announced that RIM has licensed Redmond's exFAT patents. The press release contains a ridiculous amount of hyperbole nonsense, and if you translate it into regular people speak, it basically comes down to RIM paying Microsoft protection money for stupid nonsensical software patents. Ridiculous articles like like this make it seem as if we're talking about patents on major technological breakthroughs, but don't be fooled: this is because for some inexplicable reason, we're using crappy FAT for SD cards.
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by kurkosdr on Wed 19th Sep 2012 12:00 UTC
kurkosdr
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Sorry, but this is open source paying for it's sins. If the open source folks had the smarts to replace the broken X.org in their OSes (be it Linux, PC-BSD or OpenIndiana) and made their OSes usable*, Windows wouldn't have 90+% marketshare, and Microsoft wouldn't have the power to essentially mandate exFAT for SDXC cards (exFAT and NTFS are the only filsystems supported by Windows that allow files larger than 4GB).
But with open source OSes being under 1%, if Microsoft wants to crush ext3 and other royalty-free filesystems, they have all the power to do it.

And if you think I am trolling, I really don't care...

*=and by "usable" I mean not breaking compatibility with existing apps every now and then and not breaking upgrades

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