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]: Anti-competitive?
by nt_jerkface on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Anti-competitive?"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

Device companies play a big role in keeping FAT32 around. Windows can read EXT2/3 devices with a driver but device companies don't include support even though it is in their long term interest.

MS ironically ran into the same problem with WMA. It was the in best interest of device companies to migrate away from MP3 but they were too focused on short term profits.

Anyways FAT32 expires in 2014 so it is not as if they can charge forever.

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RE[3]: Anti-competitive?
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 23:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Anti-competitive?"
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2007-02-17

Anyways FAT32 expires in 2014 so it is not as if they can charge forever.


Keep the focus, please.

Microsoft's current FAT patents are not for FAT32, they are for writing long filesnames on FAT32.

Linux doesn't violate these patents.

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RE[4]: Anti-competitive?
by nt_jerkface on Fri 29th Oct 2010 01:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Anti-competitive?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It wasn't a specific reference to Linux, device companies should migrate away from FAT32 and exFat for their own best interest.

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