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 l3v1 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 19:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Threatened"
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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[3]: Threatened
by TheGZeus on Thu 28th Oct 2010 19:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Threatened"
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The issue is that all SD cards would need to be re-formatted and interoperability would be destroyed.

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RE[4]: Threatened
by bogomipz on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:33 in reply to "RE[3]: 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".

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RE[4]: Threatened
by BlueofRainbow on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Threatened"
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Removing FAT32 as a installable file system to circumvent this situation would also reduce the interportability with the USB Flash/Hard drives and all the other devices (cameras, mp3 players, mp4 players, etc. we have become dependent on) using this file system.

If pushed too hard in this regards, the community and interested hardware and software parties will likely find a way around this. Maybe time to do this sooner than later anyways as eventually the capacities of USB Flash/Hard drives and memory cards on devices will exceed the limits of the FAT32 system!

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RE[4]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Threatened"
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Indeed. The issue is that all SD cards would need to be re-formatted and interoperability would be destroyed.

No need to do that. Linux doesn't violate Microsoft's patents for long filenames on FAT32 filesystems, and "FAT filesystems" itself is an IBM invention.

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RE[3]: Threatened
by ChoK on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Threatened"
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I'm pretty sure chrome OS devices will have an USB port. FAT32 and maybe soon exFAT will be needed for compatibility with windows people.

Edit: the comments system seems a tad broken, I remember comments being in tree view, classified by topic. Now with have 4 people answering the same thing to the "drop FAT32" comment.

Edited 2010-10-28 20:52 UTC

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