Microsoft readies exFAT patents for Linux

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Microsoft has announced that it would make the technical specification for exFAT publicly available to facilitate the development of conformant, interoperable implementations. Microsoft said it also supports the eventual inclusion of a Linux kernel with exFAT support in a future revision of the Open Invention Network’s Linux System Definition, where, once accepted, the code will benefit from the defensive patent commitments of OIN’s 3040+ members and licensees. When the next edition of the Linux System Definition is released in the first quarter of 2020, any member of the OIN will be able to use exFAT without paying a patent royalty. (Source: ZDNet)