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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Threatened
by vivainio on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:42 UTC
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

Microsoft wouldn't do something as drastic as this if it wasn't seriously threatened. And I thought MSFT had completely bought out Asus already ("It's better with Windows" or whatever).

Seems like Asus is back in our camp.

Incidentally, how can they extort Chrome OS? It should be pretty clean, it's just Linux with a browser.

(Android, as it appears, is infringing every copyright known to man by running unlicensed Java (r) from Oracle ;-)

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RE: Threatened
by TheGZeus on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:47 in reply to "Threatened"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

FAT32 patents.
That's how they got HTC.

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RE[2]: Threatened
by l3v1 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 19:52 in reply to "RE: Threatened"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

FAT32 patents.
That's how they got HTC.


Fortunately ChromeOS/Linux support quite a number of great file systems (and in the case of ChromeOS the local FS doesn't matter that much, so FAT32 could be stripped out and nobody would care), unlike some other who likes to threaten more than to compete,

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RE[2]: Threatened
by vivainio on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:55 in reply to "RE: Threatened"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

FAT32 patents.
That's how they got HTC.


I don't think so, IIRC fat code was cleared of patent threads earlier.

They cite:

"Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees on Taiwan-based vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and other functions"

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RE[2]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:13 in reply to "RE: Threatened"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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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