[ros-dev] Patent on FAT

Murphy, Ged (Bolton) MurphyG at cmpbatteries.co.uk
Wed Jan 11 13:23:41 CET 2006

nitro2k01 wrote:

> I haven't seen the patant documents, but doesn't this mean that any
> file system which stores both long and short file names on the same
> volume would be theoreticlly affected?

No. Long files names were incorporated into unix systems long before the
days FAT, or even DOS.
This patent (if correct) is linked to FAT only.

If is true, it would effect many things, but I can't see Microsoft enforcing
it, it would alienate themselves.

Just the fact that it is there is a problem for ReactOS though, even if they
don't do anything about it.

I haven't been able to find a copy of the patent yet. AFAIK, it was only
released today.


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