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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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by vaette on Wed 19th Sep 2012 14:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Or the open source community to implement it for Windows plateforms. Someone will first have to cover the Windows FS kit cost, though.

This happened over a decade ago actually, you can get a fully functional ext2 driver for Windows here:

It is really an excellent piece of work, all features one would expect work: UTF-8 filenames, plugging into Windows disk caching system, you handle the partitions in the normal Windows disk tools, you can have the pagefile on ext2, it supports the more advanced indexing of ext3, and it is in general lightning fast. I always point this driver out when people complain about interfacing with NTFS from Linux, since using ext2 in Windows is really a lot easier. The only issue is the lack of journaling, but to be honest it is not an all that big deal for a desktop PC.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by phoudoin on Wed 19th Sep 2012 20:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Let's reformat our sdcard into ext2/3 and install this driver on our Windows machine and bye bye exFAT patent trap.

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