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Avoiding The VFAT Patent

Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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Some IBM folks have proposed a Linux kernel patch to optionally remove the
ability to create files with long names on VFAT volumes. This is presumably
to get around Microsoft's patent, with which it sued TomTom.

However, the people proposing the patch haven't exactly been forthcoming
about explaining why the patch is necessary, or how it fixes the problem.
Could they be doing this on legal advice? In any case, the result is that
the patch is being less than warmly received by the Linux kernel community.


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