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SubjectRe: Large-FAT32-Filesystem Bug
Tomasz Torcz wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 01:26:50PM +0100, Helge Hafting wrote:
>
>>On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 05:17:00AM -0800, jdow wrote:
>>
>>>From: "Torsten Scheck" <torsten.scheck@gmx.de>
>>>
>>>>Dear friends:
>>>>
>>>>I already sent a message to the VFAT maintainer, but I decided
>>>>to additionally bother this list with a warning. This way some
>>>>readers might avoid data loss.
>>>
>>>This all may be moot. Microsoft is about to charge a royalty for
>>>use of the FAT file system. http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/ip/tech/fat.asp
>>>
>>
>>The claim some patents, but aren't FAT so old that they have
>>expired?
>
>
> Patents for storing long names of files (which Microsoft is charging for)
> are from 1995 or something.
>
No problem then - long filenames on fat is something I only see a need for
when sharing a partition with windows - you then have a licence to use
fat through the windows licence.

Digital cameras and such simply don't need long names.

Helge Hafting

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