On 8/14/2017 9:52 AM, dmccunney wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 1:16 AM, Ralf Quint <freedos...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> And as exFAT is a encumbered with software patents by Micro$oft, there
>> won't be any support in FreeDOS (or any other Open Source OS) in the
>> foreseeable future...
> So is FAT16/FAT32, but those are supported pretty much everywhere.
Sorry, but that is not correct. There are no patents on the basic
workings on FAT16 and FAT32, that's why everyone is free to implement
their own. It is only exFAT that is covered by patents.
There are however patents on the way long file names are implemented on
FAT32 (https://www.google.com/patents/US5579517?dq=5,579,517,
https://www.google.com/patents/US5758352?dq=5,758,352)...
>
> MS will jump on you if you try to use MS code.  If you reverse engineer and
> roll your own access programs, MS won't go after you.  It's in their
> interest to have the format readable on everything.  As noted, support
> on Linux exists.
In case of a patent, it is irrelevant on how you arrive at the working
code. You either pay up or get the heck sued out of you...

Ralf


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