December 29, 2003
MS FAT file system license targets open source
gulker writes "A note on Dave Farber's list concerning MS decision to license the FAT/FAT32 file system: 'The licensing for electronic devices capable of reading FAT media is interesting. While the 25 cent may be acceptable to camera manufacturers, it is certainly deadly for free operating systems (*BSD, Linux,...), as putting up any charging infrastructure will incur significant additional expenses. Given Microsoft's history and interest in fighting free operating systems, this may be deliberate.'"
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