[ros-dev] Patent on FAT

Rick Langschultz rlangschultz at cox.net
Fri Jan 13 06:18:06 CET 2006

What happened to Free Software...
On Jan 12, 2006, at 10:53 PM, Steven Edwards wrote:

> Hi,
> On 1/12/06, Wesley Parish <wes.parish at paradise.net.nz> wrote:
>> If the worst comes to the worst, there's plenty of room on this  
>> jugular to go
>> for.
> Well we need money to mount a case and I think Alex and I have come up
> with a solution to the problem. I hope that someone will Wiki this for
> me. Also if we do decide to follow through on this plan we need to
> wage the largest public relations war possible.
> I propose that from now on all CVS builds have the SFN-LFN code
> disabled in the vfat driver and that in stage2 setup we have a gui
> tool that loads like the vmware driver installer that contains a
> dialog with checkboxes like the following:
> Patented Features Page
> [] Enable FreeType Patented Features
> [] Enable Fat32 Patented Features
> Disclaimer Text., Yada, Yada, Yada
> I understand that for freetype we may have to have a autodownloader
> that redirects to somewhere outside of the United States but for the
> fat features I think we can follow the Microsoft design and make it a
> registry key.
> Now the part of this plan where it comes to making money to fight the
> patent I have to thank Alex for. He suggested that we just charge
> $0.35 per download and pay Microsoft the $0.25 per license they want,
> so we would make a profit. I personally hate this idea but it got me
> thinking. We could have a download page that offers two builds. The
> download page should clearly explain the situation about the patent
> and contain a paypal link for donations plus have a option to download
> a build with the patent enabled for the license free + a small cost to
> us like Alex said. The ReactOS Foundation would then pay Microsoft per
> copy sold and take the rest to put in the general party and legal
> defense fund to mount a case agenst the very patent we are licensing.
> I am open to comments and or outright rejection of the idea. I don't
> like the idea of giving Microsoft more money but on the flip side it
> gives us the chance to spin things for us in the media, bring money in
> and make them look very bad once we start fighting the case.
> --
> Steven Edwards - ReactOS and Wine developer
> "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and
> that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo
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