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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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Tue 18th Sep 2012 23:22 UTC
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I use ext2/3 and FFS/UFS on my SD cards and it works fine ;) but hey, I'm not a "multimedia" guy. I mostly run embedded stuff and such. I don't need it to be accessible by some fancy shmancy recorder/player, whose manufacturer was forced to pay some rediculous amount of money for some crappy exFAT support.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Morgan on Wed 19th Sep 2012 03:53 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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That's great for you, but (I mean no offense) you are the minority.

I think it would be awesome if camera manufacturers and other big players would all settle on ext2 or FFS for removable media, given the ease of licensing and better performance on the media itself. That would force Microsoft and Apple to incorporate support in their kernels as well, and we'd all be happier for it.

I'm not holding my breath though.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by tidux on Wed 19th Sep 2012 14:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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I'd say ext4, really. It's safer than ext2, and actually faster on flash media. It's only a tiny bit slower than FAT32 but can do silly things like hold a 4.7GB DVD iso.

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