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[4]: Threatened
by BlueofRainbow on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Threatened"
BlueofRainbow
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2009-01-06

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[5]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Threatened"
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2007-02-17

If pushed too hard in this regards, the community and interested hardware and software parties will likely find a way around this.


They already have. Over two years ago.

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/07/vfat-linux-patch-co...

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10278003-16.html

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